Voting Amendment Makes November Ballot

One of the things voters will get to decide this November is whether certain convicted felons can get their voting rights restored.

That's the subject of an amendment that had been backed by the organization Floridians for a Fair Democracy.

The Florida Secretary of State's Office confirmed Tuesday that the group had obtained more than enough valid signatures to get the amendment on the November ballot.

The amendment would restore the voting rights of some Florida ex-felons who had completed their sentences, including probation.

It would not restore voting rights to all ex-felons by any stretch, however.

The amendment makes it clear that those who have been convicted of murder or a sexual offense would not get their voting rights restored, even if they had served their time and completed their probation.

The amendment will have to be approved by 60 percent of the people voting in the 2018 election in order to pass.


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