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Language for felon voter restoration proposal OK for ballot

Language for felon voter restoration proposal OK for ballot Language for felon voter restoration proposal OK for ballot
Irune Rengel | 21 Abril, 2017, 02:32

The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of convicted felons can appear on the 2018 ballot.

It aims to restore "the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation", its summary says.

Groups backing both initiatives quickly said they will move forward with collecting and submitting the required 766,200 signatures to reach the ballot.

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The court ruled Thursday that the initiative can be put on the 2018 ballot with its current language. Individuals who committed murder or sexual offenses would still permanently lose their right to vote.

More than 1.6 million Floridians can't vote because the state strips felons of their voting rights unless they receive clemency and have their rights restored by the governor.

The issue of restoring felon rights has always been controversial in Florida, with critics of the state's process comparing it to post-Civil War Jim Crow policies created to keep blacks from casting ballots. Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi made it so felons would have to wait at least five years after finishing their sentences before they could apply to vote again. "Now the work of gathering signatures and mounting a successful campaign to change the Florida Constitution begins in earnest". "The Supreme Court's decision to allow the Voting Restoration Amendment to move forward marks a key milestone on our path to a stronger democracy and a fairer Florida ..." It would require voter approval of casino-style games.

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Fred Lewis dissented on the gambling amendment, saying "the ballot title and summary do not clearly inform the public that the proposed amendment may substantially affect slot machines approved by county-wide (referendums)". That includes the counties of Broward and Miami-Dade.

But the majority rejected arguments that it should block the measure from going on the ballot.

"First, the ballot title and summary clearly and unambiguously inform the voters of the chief objective of the proposed amendment", Lewis wrote.

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