Florida votes “yes” on Amendment 4 to restore felon voting rights

Alex Toth

Florida Amendment 4 has passed, achieving the 60 percent “yes” vote that was required.

Amendment 4’s passing restores the voting rights of over 1.5 million Floridian citizens who committed a past felony and have completed their sentence. The amendment does not, however, restore the voting rights of those convicted of murder or sexual offenses. Those convicted of these crimes will still have to get their voting rights restored via a hearing in front of the Florida Governor and his cabinet.

Florida now joins 37 other states that automatically restore voting rights to felons upon completion of their sentence. It remains to be seen how Amendment 4’s passing will affect future elections in the state.

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