Should convicted felons to regain their right to vote in Florida?
In a historic vote, Floridians will have a chance to decide in November, if large numbers of criminals will be granted the right to vote.
State officials announced Tuesday that a proposal to restore voting rights for most convicted criminals gained enough signatures to be placed on the ballot in November, gives the change a chance to be added to the Florida Constitution, the Miami Herald reported.
If 60 percent of the voters supported the amendment, it gives an estimated 1.5 million criminals the right to vote-with the exception of those convicted of murder or sexual crimes — according to the petition.
Floridians for a Fair Democracy Desmond Meade has a number of personal reasons for supporting the proposal. Meade was convicted of drug and firearms charges in 2001, and therefore could not vote as his wife made an unsuccessful bid for a House seat in 2016, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“As someone who is directly impacted, I can’t quantify the degree of emotion moving through me now,” he said.
Florida currently has a ban ex-criminals from voting on a permanent basis, unless they are pardoned by the Florida Board of Executive Clemency.