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Should Florida let Ex-Felons Vote?
Jan 10, 2019 at 03:13 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • In November of 2018, Florida voters passed ballot measure Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions. The amendment does not apply to felons convicted of murder or sexual offenses.
  • On Tuesday of this week, the ballot measure went into effect, and election supervisors began accepting voter registrations from ex-felons across the state.
  • However, it is still unclear how these registrations will be treated by the state government. Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he believes the Legislature still needs to pass an implementing bill to detail the restoration process.
  • If an implementation bill is indeed needed, it would delay the voter registrations at least until March, when the first legislative session opens.

Food For Thought

Should Amendment 4 immediately restore felons’ voting rights in Florida, or should the state legislature first pass an implementation bill?

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