"Felons who finish their full sentences, including fines, probation
and parole, will now be allowed to vote in the state. The new law does
not apply to anyone convicted of murder or sex offenses."
In 2016, 21 percent of African-Americans were disenfranchised, and
about 9 or 10 percent of the voting-age population in Florida.
"Florida's Amendment 4 passed Tuesday by 64% to 35%,
Needed 60% threshold to become a law.
Floridians for a Fair Democracy, the organization behind the measure,
said it took more than two years to get it on the ballot. It needed
766,200 petition signatures... they
collected 800K... the state approved it in January."
"Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott opposed the measure... Scott
granted voting rights to 3005 people from among 30000 applicants."
"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates 1.4 million
will now have the ability to vote in Florida."
So again this is very heartening news. Both this and Fargo
indicate that IF THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY,
people will vote 64% to enact simple and obvious democracy-improvements.
Warren D. Smith
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