Over 1 Million Florida Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4

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At least 60 percent of voters had to approve it for Amendment 4 to become law.

Florida is one of only three states in the country that didn't automatically restore the voting rights of felons after they have completed their sentences.

A number of Florida branches of Jewish groups, including the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women and Join for Justice, campaigned for the amendment, which excludes felons convicted of murder and sex crimes.

The amendment does have its problems. The current policy requires these potential voters to wait five years after they complete their sentence and then file a request to have their rights restored, whereas most other states allow convicted felons to vote as soon as they've completed their sentences.

Approval of the amendment ends Florida's outlier status as the state with the most people permanently barred from voting - only two other states ban felons from the polls for life.

Those were the first notable results as voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures - ranging from marijuana legalization to boosting the minimum wage to civil rights protections for transgender people.

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In a key ballot initiative, Florida will restore voting rights to citizens convicted of certain felonies after they have served their sentences, including prison terms, parole and probationary periods, AP has projected.

There are now 1.5 million ineligible voters in the Sunshine State who due to felony convictions.

The goal is "giving citizens, not politicians, a greater voice in the drawing of their voting district lines", said Sam Mar of the Action Now Initiative, which provided more than $7 million in support of the measures.

In a statement, the ACLU said the passage of the amendment removes an "ugly stain" that has been in the Florida constitution since the Civil War. Since 2011, Republican Governor Rick Scott has only given the vote back to about 2,000 people. Its stringent, complicated requirements led to a system that left one in five African-Americans disenfranchised, which is why Oliver called out the state so publicly.

"It makes no sense to the average voter why they were put together", retired University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus said, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Another gambling amendment Florida voters approved Tuesday was Amendment 3.

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