Come November, Florida voters will have a chance to return voting rights to people with felonies in their past.

Today enough petitions were validated to secure a spot on the November ballot for a voting rights amendment.

We needed 766,200 valid petitions; the unofficial total today was 799,278. (We also achieved the required geographic distribution.)

If approved by 60 percent of voters in the fall, the amendment would restore voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they fully complete their sentences, including parole or probation. Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses would continue to be barred from voting.

Broward League members sweated through summer festivals, stood in dusty parking lots and talked to thousands of people as we collected signatures throughout 2017.

Now what? We have worked hard, but our work has just begun.

We must educate voters about this ballot initiative and GET OUT THE VOTE.


Federal judge says lifetime ban on voting for felons is unconstitutional

Just as activists succeeded in getting a voting rights amendment on the November ballot, a judge has ruled that taking the right to vote away from people with felony convictions is unconstitutional.

Here’s a report from the Miami Herald.

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