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    More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    Happy to see that people can actually serve their time and get their rights restored. Buh bye Jim Crow.

    More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    A new state law takes effect in Florida Tuesday that is expected to restore voting rights to more than a million people with felony convictions -- despite questions from state officials about its implementation. Supporters of the law say there's nothing ambiguous about Amendment 4, which was approved by nearly 65% of Florida voters in the November midterm elections.

    The new law says voting rights shall be restored to those with felony convictions who complete all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.
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    5% of the population of Florida has a felony conviction?
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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Happy to see that people can actually serve their time and get their rights restored. Buh bye Jim Crow.
    More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote todayA new state law takes effect in Florida Tuesday that is expected to restore voting rights to more than a million people with felony convictions -- despite questions from state officials about its implementation. Supporters of the law say there's nothing ambiguous about Amendment 4, which was approved by nearly 65% of Florida voters in the November midterm elections.The new law says voting rights shall be restored to those with felony convictions who complete all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.
    Felons losing voting rights, whatever you think of it, doesn't have anything to do with "Jim Crow." The history of it goes back to Greco-Roman times, and current practices developed out of (as most US legal practices do) the English common law system.

    State laws vary, but there's no pattern at all which indicates felon disenfranchisement is an artifact of "Jim Crow."

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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    5% of the population of Florida has a felony conviction?
    Explains a lot doesn't it.
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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    I have no issue with how Florida is passing voting rights back.
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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    If they're considered safe to walk the streets, I don't see why they should be prevented from voting.
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    Now if Florida adopted automatic voter registration that would be even better.

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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    Restoring gun ownership rights too?

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    Re: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get back their right to vote today

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    5% of the population of Florida has a felony conviction?
    8% of the US population has a felony conviction so FL is doing better than most states
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Now if Florida adopted automatic voter registration that would be even better.
    Better for who?

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