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  Florida Takes Big Step Toward Expanding Voting Rights To Over 1.5 Million People
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorSam Levine
News DateTuesday, January 23, 2018 03:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFloridians will get to decide in November whether they want to amend the state constitution to automatically restore voting rights to felons once they complete their sentences, a move that could significantly expand the franchise to over 1.5 million people.

Florida election officials verified Tuesday that organizers had gathered enough petitions to put the referendum on the ballot this year. Just gathering those signatures was a herculean task for the grassroots effort ― Florida law required the organizers to gather 766,200 signatures, equal to 8 percent of the votes cast in the last presidential election. Within that amount, organizers also had to collect 8 percent of the presidential vote totals from 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts.

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