1.5 million ex-felons get their voting rights back, but should Democrats count on them swinging the state of Florida?
Amendment 4 automatically reinstated the voting rights for people with felony convictions upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation. Excluded are those people convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.
— Sarah J. Hollenbeck (@SarahHollenbeck) January 8, 2019
Thanks to a constitutional amendment approved by voters during the midterm elections, convicted felons are now registering to vote in the swing state of Florida.
Amendment 4 was passed as a ballot initiative with nearly 65 percent of the vote, surpassing the 60 percent requirement. The amendment restored the voting rights of convicted felons, with the exception of those who have committed rape and murder. Registration started Tuesday, with many convicts lining up to once again participate in the democratic process.
There are an estimated 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida, making up roughly 10 percent of the state’s population. All of them will now be able to vote and, if past trends hold, seven out of every ten of them will vote for Democrats. Given Florida’s tendency to be decided by razor-thin margins, this could have implications for the 2020 race. More
1.5 Million Convicted Felons Can Now Register To Vote In The Swing State Of Florida https://t.co/ISFvTcIwk9 Democrats doing everything they can to push votes in their direction
— GuitarHero1965 (@GuitarHero1965) January 8, 2019
Dang with convicted felons making up 10% of the population of the state, maybe they should call themselves the “Convict State”. Remind me to never move there… Scratch Florida from any consideration of being the state we will retire to.
Today Florida’s Amendment 4 took effect, allowing former felons to register to vote. The following portraits are of John Brooks who was released from prison in 1988. Rodney Johnson who was released from prison in 2000. And David Dibernardinis who was released 26 years ago. pic.twitter.com/oVHdBANkq0
— Brontë Wittpenn (@BronteWittpenn) January 8, 2019
The democrat party, run by criminals for criminals. How many rapists and murderers in Florida were offered pleas to lesser crimes so that the State Attorney could get a quick conviction? How many untested rape kits are there sitting just waiting to be tested? What a travesty of justice.