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Desmond Meade (r) shows off his voter registration slip outside the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. Photo: Emily Lang, WMFE
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: More than a year after Amendment 4 was approved, Florida’s returning citizens are unsure of their rights


Amendment 4 was approved in Florida at the end of 2018 by 64 percent of the electorate, restoring the right to vote to more than a million ex-felons. But when our state Legislature passed the bill in May 2019 implementing the ballot measure, they restricted rights restoration to those who had paid off all outstanding restitution, fines and court fees. Now, more than a year after the battle was won and just months away from a pivotal presidential election, Florida’s returning citizens are unsure of their rights. Some counties, like Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, have created so called “rocket dockets” where judges expedite approval of payment, replacing fines with community service when necessary. But in Orange and Osceola counties, returning …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Brennan Center for Justice Report on FL Ex-Felon Voting Rights


Florida may not gone through a hanging chad debacle during this presidential election, but a new report argues the state’s voter policies are “radically out of step” with the rest of the country in regards to how it treats ex-felons. The Brennan Center for Justice says more than 1.6 million residents have lost their right to vote in Florida for virtually the rest of their lives due to an antiquated voting ban for people with past felony convictions, which represents more than 10 percent of the state’s voting-age population. Ex-felons who’ve been released can’t vote, hold office or serve on a jury in Florida, and those who would like their voting rights back must petition before the governor and a …
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