Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Supermajority tax amendment approved by supermajority of voters

Supermajority tax amendment approved by supermajority of voters

The outcome in MA was a huge relief to LGBT-rights activists, who feared that a vote to repeal the 2016 law would prompt a wave of similar efforts to roll back protections in other states.

There are now 1.5 million ineligible voters in the Sunshine State who due to felony convictions. Amendment 4 will not apply to people who were convicted of murder or felony sex crimes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

More than a million convicted felons in Florida had their voting rights restored Tuesday. "The school board election where my children go, you know, I can't decide who's going to be on their school board", he said.

Florida barred more felons than any other state from voting and an estimated 1 out of 5 African-American men. While some opponents of the amendment are still in favor of speeding up the process, they claim that Amendment 4 will allow former felons to regain their voting rights automatically, without any process. As the Daily Beast reports, Democratic candidates campaigned hard on Amendment 4, whereas Republican candidates mostly kept quiet about the amendment, despite the fact that it's not a controversial policy.

But, one vote has already been decided and needs no recount. Florida, a swing state that also plays a key role in national elections, has the largest number of those citizens.

Voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures Tuesday.

When Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, he and the Cabinet reversed years of progress - imposing a minimum five-year wait on anyone seeking clemency and requiring them to submit to an arduous, often futile process. Prior to the vote, some 1.5 million Floridians, roughly 9.2% of voting-age residents, have completed their sentences without being able to vote.

MI voters made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana by passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug. According to a 2016 report from the Sentencing Project, the state of Florida is responsible for 27 percent of the nation's disenfranchised population, and 48 percent of the nation's disenfranchised convicted ex-felon population.

"Today, Floridians from all walks of life and political persuasions came together to make Florida a better democracy and affirm our shared value that when a debt is paid, it's paid", Desmond Meade, chairman of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, a group that led efforts to pass the amendment, said in a prepared statement.

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