The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians as most felons regained their right to vote.
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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.
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.
Sentencing Commission Wednesday voted to once again get behind any bill that would restore voting rights to parolees, who are still serving their sentences.
Many of Florida’s local election officials have decided to start adding voters to the rolls in January even if they had been convicted of felony crimes.
There are many who support the argument that if more convicts get their voting rights and are encouraged to participate in democracy, they would be less likely to commit crimes again.
The long racist history of the abuse of felon disenfranchisement in the state of Florida was finally ended by popular referendum.
As more states adopt laws that could restrict turnout, Kenneth Glasgow and his allies are pushing to extend the vote to millions of ex-felons.