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Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to allow ex-felons who have served prison terms to vote, allowing another 1.5 million to take part in the 2020 presidential election, reports BSS/AFP.
Amendment 4 automatically restores voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences, paid restitution and fulfilled their parole or probation — except those convicted of murder or sex crimes.
The measure passed with 64.4 percent support, officials said. The old law disproportionately affected blacks and Latinos in particular.
Currently, felons must wait a minimum of five years after completing their sentences to apply for restoration of their voting rights.
Defenders of the status quo like Richard Harrison, of the Florida Rights Coalition, argued the new amendment fails to take into consideration the harm done to victims, the felon’s post-release conduct and other factors.