• Participate in the school wide canned food drive going on NOW! See Abby McNulty with questions!

  • CONGRATS TO THE RED SOX! WORLD SERIES CHAMPS 2018!!

  • Remember to bring in any unwanted closed toe shoes and boots to support the St. Francis House this week!

  • Mark Your Calendars for Nov. 16th, 17th, & 18th for Nashoba Drama's Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Chieftain Press

1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

Taken+from+pexels.com
Taken from pexels.com

Taken from pexels.com

Taken from pexels.com

Finn Hogan, Chief Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Over 1 million people in Florida have regained their right to vote, after having lost them due to a previous felony conviction.

In former years, once convicted of a felony (which could range anywhere from drug charges to murder), a person would lose their right to vote in any election in the United States. In Florida, this meant that about 10% of the state’s eligible adult population could not vote on issues that could directly affect them. The impact of this law was worse on the African American population, as this meant that over 20% of eligible adult African Americans in Florida could no longer vote.

Convicted felons were able to appeal to whatever governor currently held office to try and earn their voting rights back. Former Governor Charlie Crist restored the voting rights of over 150,000 people during his 4 years in office. However, since Governor Rick Scott was put in office 7 years ago, that number has dropped to about 3,000 people.

Floridians voted on Amendment 4 to Florida’s Constitution. Amendment 4 states that if passed, this would, “automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony of sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation.” 64% of Floridians voted yes on Amendment 4, meaning that over 1.5 million citizens of Florida have had their voting rights restored.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    Tiny Homes for Veterans in Need

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    Developments in the Race for Georgia Governor

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    1,000 Troops Are Deployed To The Border Awaiting the Migrant Caravan

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    International

    The Death of Khashoggi and it’s Ripple Effect

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    The Migrant Caravan Moves North

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    The Mail Bomber Brought to Trial

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    Local

    Midterm Elections 2018

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    Voting Rights in Georgia Questioned as Midterms Arrive

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    Local

    What you Need to Know About Midterm Elections

  • 1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida

    National

    Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

The student news site of Nashoba Regional High School
1.5 Million Former Felons Regain Right to Vote in Florida