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The voters apparently listened, passing Amendment 4, and re-enfranchising some 1.4 million potential voters.
Its passage could reverberate beyond Florida into the 2020 presidential election due to the important role the state often plays in deciding close national elections, with a newly eligible 1.5 million voters coming into play. "That's what happens when we're able to transcend partisan politics and bickering, when we're able to transence racial anxieties and discourse, when we're able to come together as God's children".
At the beginning of 2018, Floridians for a Fair Democracy collected more than 799,000 certified petition signatures, or about 33,000 more than the group needed to get the measure on the ballot.
Before Tuesday, the only way a person with a prior felony conviction could vote was through the state's clemency system, spearheaded by the governor.
While a clemency board run by the governor exists to restore voting rights, that board under Gov. Rick Scott has been extremely biased, restoring the vote disproportionately to white and Republican ex-felons and leaving everyone else to twist in the wind. This added to Florida's already lengthy wait list as the state now has a backlog of more than 10,000 cases.
Those changes motivated Meade into action. It also had key gubernatorial and Senate races this year. According to nonprofit group, Public Citizen, this not only "repeal [s] one of the country's worst Jim Crow laws, it's also the largest expansion in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act".
Felons who have served their sentences in Florida have in recent years been forced to appeal to the governor and his Cabinet for the restoration of their voting rights.
About 10 percent of Florida's population has a felony conviction, as the Intercept reported, and people of color are overrepresented in this demographic; one in five African-Americans in Florida have a felony conviction, a legacy of the war on drugs.
All U.S. states except for ME and Vermont bar felons from voting while they are incarcerated, but most restore that right when the inmate is released or following a period of parole or probation.
Despite the law's racist history, white men make up the majority of the disenfranchised felony population in the state. "We are just ready to go forth and see greater things take place in the state of Florida".
"My dream that we can become a more understanding world is coming true", she said.
Another highlight feature is Touch ID , which is now found on as a key on the keyboard, and powered by the company's T2 chip. Lastly, as we are massive audiophiles here at T3, we were also impressed with the new MacBook Air's upgraded audio system.
Schumer went on to say "it would be cool" if rumored Super Bowl halftime performer Maroon 5 backed out of the show. Rihanna definitely stand with Kaep. 'They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy.
A Turkish official said on Monday that the country will go until the end to enlighten the "nefarious murder" of Khashoggi. Turkish media quotes officials saying a team of 15 Saudis removed Khashoggi's fingers, killed him and dismembered him.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a "possible meeting" was being prepared between Putin and Bolton. Analysts say Russian Federation sees such weapons as a cheaper alternative to conventional forces.
As a result, Foxconn will build 100,000 fewer units every single day than would have happened under Apple's original order. Apple has informed several of its suppliers that expectations should be tempered for orders of the Apple iPhone XR .
A spokesman for the New York Police Department earlier said there was no evidence tying the Saudi government to their deaths. He said that the girls were sitting in a playground at the park, sitting about 30 feet apart but appearing to be together.
Specifically, additional checks were introduced during preparation of the Soyuz 2.1B rocket, which was launched on October 25. Right now Russia's Soyuz fleet is the only vessel capable of ferrying scientists to the International Space Station.
Tourists were forced to wade through the streets after the water rose by more than 156cm to the highest level since December 2008. Governor Giovanni Toti of Liguaria said."It is now not possible to calculate the damage, which could be hundreds of millions".
I mean we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. "I'm just going to wait and watch what happens". But after a pause and some prodding from Swisher , Clinton said , "Well, I'd like to be president".
Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been "terribly shaken" by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Tonight's scheduled Foxes home match in the League Cup against Southampton having already been postponed.
Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays
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Sri Lanka president summons Parliament after PM turmoil
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Sisters bound together were Saudi and seeking asylum
When officers located the girls, they requested protection and were placed in a shelter, according to the New York Times . The bodies of two women were found washed up from the Hudson River off the Upper West Side in New York , Oct. 24, 2018.
Stocks slump again, putting S&P 500 back into red for year
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Escalator 'collapses' at Rome metro station
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Chelsea back Sarri over assistant controversy
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30 people hurt after floor collapse in Clemson
Dozens were injured when a floor collapsed at an apartment complex near Clemson, South Carolina early Sunday morning. He warned his friends and suggested a retreat to the balcony but the floor collapsed before they could make it.