Legislation to restore the voting rights of convicted felons once they are no longer behind bars cleared its first test in the Minnesota House Wednesday.
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Felony disenfranchisement, determined separately by each state, is the practice of prohibiting people from voting based on the fact that they have been convicted of a criminal offence. Felon voting rights remain a controversial reform among many. Also see our section on American democracy and our Voter Access articles.
It’s deadline day at the state capitol – and there’s a last-minute push to restore voting rights for felons here in Mississippi.
The Democratic Party’s H.R. 1 “The People’s Act” is a bill designed to tackle what many see as lingering and corrosive problems in American democracy.
“Let’s open the doors to our democracy even wider,” Governor Phil Murphy recently said in a speech backing a move towards a more liberalized system.
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties processed a combined 872 applications to register to vote on the first day Amendment 4 expanded voting rights access.
The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians as most felons regained their right to vote.
Returning Florida citizens encouraged to register to vote after a super majority of Florida voters passed Amendment 4, that restores ex-felon voting rights.
One of largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of more than 1.4 million ex-felons set to regain their voting rights.
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Although Amendment 4, restores felons’ voting rights, passed with 64.5 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, another hoop for advocates appears to be emerging.