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Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Desmond Meade Votes

Desmond Meade leaves the Amway Center after casting his ballot in the 2020 election. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

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The Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Desmond Meade, cast a ballot at an early voting site at the Amway Center in Orlando Saturday. 

It’s the first time Meade has voted in a presidential election.

Meade spearheaded the fight for Amendment 4- restoring the voting rights of people who have served their sentences for felony convictions. 

After leading a march through downtown Orlando alongside his wife Sheena Meade and other family members, Meade stepped into the Amway Center to cast his ballot. 

“I am fifty three, and this is my very first presidential election I have ever voted in,” said Meade.

“Listen, everybody should experience this and whether you’re an elected official, whether you are part of a state agency, or any just plain old, red-blooded human being, you should want that everybody should participate in deciding how our country is run.”

Meade said he was grateful to the millions of Floridians who approved Amendment 4 in 2018.

In September a Federal Appeals court ruled that the state can order people with past felony convictions to pay off fines and fees before they can register to vote. 

More than five million Floridians have already voted in this election. 


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A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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