Florida approves Amendment 4, restoring ex-felons' voting rights

Tuesday's elections were seen as a referendum on Trump

Tuesday's elections were seen as a referendum on Trump

More than 1 million previously convicted felons have had their right to vote restored in Florida.

Interested in Midterm Elections? The law has its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War, as a means of preventing newly-freed black people from being enfranchised by the 15th Amendment, a objective it is still serving to this day.

The measure doesn't apply to anyone convicted of murder and felony sex offenses.

With 81 percent reporting on Tuesday evening, the ballot measure surpassed the 60 percent threshold needed, securing support from 64.1 percent of voters.

As black people are disproportionately represented among former felons, one in five black Florida voters are prohibited from voting due to a criminal record. In 2016, 21 percent of African-Americans were disenfranchised, according to The Sentencing Project.

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks during his election night party at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on November 06, 2018 in Naples, Fla.

It took 150 years, but Florida voters overturned the state's constitutional voting ban on ex-felons Tuesday night.

Of note on the supporting side of the amendment (meaning they want the citizen vote) was the Walt Disney Company - hello tourism competition - and the Seminole Tribe of Florida - hello casino competition - along with other organizations around the state. Whatever the political implications, this is a resounding victory for voting rights.

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives
She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans. She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota.

There are now 1.5 million ineligible voters in the Sunshine State who due to felony convictions.

In March, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an injunction for Scott to initiate a new clemency system to restore felons' voter rights by April. But, Walker's ruling was blocked by a federal appeals court.

Voters line up at a community center in Hollywood, Fla., Nov. 6, 2018.

Meade, an Orlando resident, led the effort to put Amendment 4 on the ballot this year by gathering at least 766,200 verified signatures, after previous legislators failed to push the measure beyond the Supreme Court.

It seems both obvious and astonishing: No one who will benefit from Amendment 4 voted for it.

Shortly after Amendment 4 passed, Trump-aligned Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for Florida governor.

"This is proof when you speak up and work hard and fight for something you believe in, good things will happen", Stratemann said. "One of the most important of our lifetime", social activist Shaun King tweeted.

Recommended News

  • Facebook promises to tackle hate speech against Rohingya in Burma

    Facebook promises to tackle hate speech against Rohingya in Burma

    Facebook has already banned several Myanmar military and government figures it said had "inflamed ethnic and religious tensions". The company took action on around 64,000 pieces of content in Myanmar for violating hate speech policies in 2018.
    Husband of newlywed who vanished at sea pleads guilty to manslaughter

    Husband of newlywed who vanished at sea pleads guilty to manslaughter

    Bennett told authorities at the time that the boat hit something while he was asleep, and the vessel began taking on water. Bennett claimed that he had been resting in their boat's cabin on 15 May 2017, when he was woken by a loud noise.
    SPOILER: Title change on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

    SPOILER: Title change on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

    This week, Ambrose showed up after Rollins dropped the belts to rub it in with another attack on his former Shield brother. Corbin announces he will be the captain of Team RAW at Survivor Series .
  • Rumour: YouTube App Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch

    Rumour: YouTube App Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch

    The shock release is yet to be confirmed, although all signs point towards YouTube streaming by the end of the week. The portability of the Nintendo Switch practically demands support for popular video apps like YouTube.
    Dodgers GM bolts for Giants as arch rivalry takes new twist

    Dodgers GM bolts for Giants as arch rivalry takes new twist

    The Giants have replaced general manager Bobby Evans - who was sacked weeks ago - with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have announced. The Giants did not have a general manager present when the GM meetings began here at the Omni La Costa Resort on Tuesday.

    Les Miles 'frontrunner' for Kansas head coaching position

    Miles has been out of coaching since getting fired by LSU, but he's reportedly had serious interest in returning to the sideline. Kansas, which is 3-6 record so far in 2018, fired coach David Beaty earlier this week.
  • Pat Howard becomes latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia

    Pat Howard becomes latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia

    Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket", he added. Chairman David Peever and board member and former captain Mark Taylor have both resigned since the review .
    Mauricio Pochettino is without a number of players for PSV clash

    Mauricio Pochettino is without a number of players for PSV clash

    The whole season we've been grinding out results here and there. "We had Barcelona, Inter and Spurs so it was a very hard group". Tottenham overtook us at home, they were really in charge of the field and that does not happen often in our stadium.
    See state and nationwide election results here

    See state and nationwide election results here

    With all 435 Congressional districts up for reelection tonight, that's definitely doable. The New York Times live results maps are a personal favorite.
  • Is No Credit Better Than Having Bad Credit?

    In fact, that’s the best possible use of credit — engaging it to do something that can help you make money. No Credit The good news about having no credit history is there’s nothing negative about you out there.
    Nokia 9 Renders Previewed Featuring Five Camera Setup

    Nokia 9 Renders Previewed Featuring Five Camera Setup

    That appears to be what Nokia and HMD Global are hoping will sway some potential customers its way at some point in the future. The power button and volume rocker are seen on the right, while the bottom shows a USB Type-C port and a single speaker grille.
    Former Vikings DT Floyd suing Dr. James Andrews

    Former Vikings DT Floyd suing Dr. James Andrews

    It's believed that the team and Floyd have engaged in settlement talks on the grievance. "I'm going to get justice for Sharrif". Floyd expected the operation to be a routine arthroscopic procedure that would require three to four weeks of recovery.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.