Amendment 1 fails: No increase in homestead exemption for certain Florida residences

Amendment 1 fails: No increase in homestead exemption for certain Florida residences

Amendment 1 fails: No increase in homestead exemption for certain Florida residences

Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 4, which says that most felons will automatically have their voting rights restored when they complete their sentences or go on probation.

Previously, Florida was one of just four states in the USA that automatically and permanently revoked voting rights from anyone who had been convicted of a felony-level crime.

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

Only in Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa are former felons barred from voting even after they have completed their sentences. He said it furthered his dedication to winning the restoration of rights.

A cross-party, grassroots coalition gathered about 800,000 signatures to get the amendment on the 6 November ballot.

The majority of the amendments were put on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission, a group that meets every 20 years and has the authority to place measures directly on the ballot.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce supported the amendment. It does not apply to people convicted of murder, sex crimes or violent offenses.


Despite the candidates' disagreement, the measure was actually supported by people on both sides of the aisle. The gubernatorial and Senate contests are still too close to call.

"It's pivotal because I think the culture around voting, especially in communities of color around here is very hostile", Aaron Sykes, community organizer, said.

For many former felons, the passage of Amendment 4 represents a shift in the way they view themselves in society. And then we want to engage on other reforms. This is another example of the extent to which some groups on the right, as well as politicians, have worked across the aisle on these issues, although the extent to which they have been successful has been limited due to the fact that these issues still face opposition from some conservatives as well as so-called "law and order" supporters.

According to the Florida state department, roughly 13 million citizens are registered to vote, with both Republicans and Democrats having almost 5 million party members each. Coral is one of around 1.4 million Floridians who stand to get their voting rights back after serving their time for committing a felony.

If passed, the amendment would exempt as much as $25,000 in property taxes for those whose homes are valued between $100,000 and $125,000. A further eight states provide for partial disenfranchisement.

Currently, 17 other states require photo ID, and North Carolina specifically has had an interesting history with the policy. What we care about is that they have the ability to vote. Restoration of voting rights for felons in Florida has traditionally been something that Democrats have pushed for and Republicans have resisted, but in today's topsy-turvy political climate, it's unclear what will happen when felons who qualify are able to register to vote on January 8.

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