Almost 1.5M felons in Florida have regained the right to vote

Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

The amendment exempts those convicted of sex offenses and murder. In April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo restored the voting rights of an estimated 24,000 people who are now on probation or parole.

Florida's Amendment 4 restores voting rights for most convicted felons who have completed their sentences already. That could alter the future election landscape in the nation's most populous swing state.

By Tuesday evening, more than 60 percent of Floridians casting ballots had voted yes, capping one of 2016's most inspired and politically important campaigns, an effort that sparked a grassroots army that will undoubtedly continue to participate in politics. Four out of the five counties with the most felons tend to vote Democrat.

What's going on: The Sunshine State has been turning heads with what has been labeled by some as this year's "most bizarre" ballot initiative.

Scott had previously worked to re-enfranchise felons on a case-by-case basis (prior to the passage of Amendment 4, former felons could obtain re-enfranchisement contingent on the assent of the governor and his cabinet).

"Voters in Florida have endorsed a historic advance in democracy for the United States by adopting Amendment 4", Marc Mauer, the executive director of the sentencing project said in a statement.

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"Remember, nothing is impossible when you have God on your side", said Meade's voicemail, who could not be reached on Wednesday morning but clearly sees this work as a calling.

The Florida constitution, with Jim Crow-era roots, barred people from voting even after having completed their sentences.

An additional 1.2 million voters could be a game-changer in a state with notoriously close races. "Certainly Amendment 4 is something that we support and endorse".

For the past several years, Miami's Desmond Meade has been one of the driving forces behind the rights-restoration movement. We applaud the people of Florida!

"One state - Florida - held the balance of power", the authors concluded. "We showed the entire country that people from all walks of life can come together whether they're conservative, whether they're progressive, whether they're white, whether they're black, whether they're young and old, they can actually come together and move issues that make our communities safer, that increase contributions to the tax base and that make so much sense". When Republican Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, he changed the rules of the process and required people to wait five to seven years before they could begin to apply.

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