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In Florida, language stripping the vote from felons was written into the state constitution 150 years ago, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era, as a means to prevent African Americans from voting.

Florida just added 1.4 million potential voters to its rolls by passing Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions. The amendment restores the voting rights of ex-felons who were stripped of their voting right upon conviction.

Update: Tonight voters in Florida voted in favor of restoring voting riots to 1.2 million convicted felons. While there was already a process in place in Florida for former felons to regain their rights, it was incredibly arduous, required personal approval from the state governor, and had a very low rate of success.

The target in MA was a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people in their use of public accommodations.

"We are on the cusp of history here in Florida", said Delaitre Hollinger, president of the NAACP's Tallahassee branch.

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

Virginia, Iowa and Kentucky remain the only states with permanent disenfranchisement policies on the books.

U.S. voters give verdict on Trump as control of Congress at stake
Eastern, NBC News projected that Jennifer Wexton had defeated Barbara Comstock in her bid to represent Virginia's 10th district. You're still up either because Senate returns are really slow, or you are obsessing over Alaska's toss-up gubernatorial race.

Essentially, based on research at Ballotpedia.org, which cites both supporters and opposition of the amendment, Florida Amendment 3 is created to take the legislation of gambling out of hands of legislators and put it into the hands of the citizens.

Amendment 3 would "ensure that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling", the ballot summary said.

The greyhound measure will ban betting on greyhound races starting in 2021.

Proponents said racing is inherently cruel, pointing to the average of two deaths weekly from illness or injury among Florida's 8,000 racing dogs.

In Democratic-leaning OR, conservatives unsuccessfully targeted two policies.

Other amendments passed in Florida on Tuesday included a move to give voters the ability to authorise or reject casino gambling, and another imposing limitations on property tax assessments.

As black people are disproportionately represented among former felons, one in five black Florida voters are prohibited from voting due to a criminal record. A measure in Colorado could sharply reduce oil and gas drilling, including the method known as fracking, by requiring new oil and gas wells to be further from occupied buildings than allowed under current law.


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