Guide to the Midterm: Florida’s Amendment 4
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Guide to the Midterm: Florida’s Amendment 4


[Music] amendment four on the ballot is a proposal that would automatically restore the right to vote to almost all ex-felons in the state that would be about a million and a half more Florida voters if amendment four passes local tens larren Livingston looks at what’s at stake socially politically and constitutionally in Iowa Kentucky and right here in Florida if you’re convicted of a felony you automatically and permanently lose your right to vote when I go around and talk to folks about this issue the two main responses I get is I didn’t know and that’s stupid angel Sanchez is a member of the Florida rights restoration coalition the grassroots organization helped get the more than 1 million signatures needed to put amendment 4 on the ballot if it passes anyone convicted of a felony in Florida would be eligible to vote after they’ve completed their sentence including angel the law took me away from Miami and the law brought me back to Miami angel is now in his second year of law school at the University of Miami but at the age of 16 he was convicted of attempted murder and armed robbery served 12 years in prison the idea that someone can get out and pay taxes but never be part of the social fabric we really believe in redemption in the second chances and we believe that Florida is a place where once a debt is paid is paid in for one argument against this amendment is that this isn’t the proper fix Shawn Foreman is a political scientist with vari University under the amendment voting rights would not be automatically restored to those convicted of murder or sex crimes and the state has a process in place the governor and members of his cabinet make up a clemency board which meets quarterly to decide whether ex felons get their rights restored he had asked for a full pardon felons have to wait at least five years before they can apply thousands are now waiting in the backlog is this a social justice issue or is this a political shoot it depends on which way you want to slice it it’s a little bit of both pass or fail angel says he’ll keep fighting for people like him and there’s nothing more fair than a person who has paid our debt to be recognized as having paid their debt indeed in Miami larin livingston local 10 News Lauren thanks backers of amendment 4 collected about a million signatures to get this question on the ballot there is no organized opposition but Linna governor scott run two centers and a number of other politicians have said they don’t really like this they think it is not nuanced enough it goes too far yeah and it’s also very important to note that the courts have overturned the process that is currently in place and so this will change the process will change that’s kind of on hold to see whether voters approve amendment 4 if they do it’ll be automatic for most felons and if not they’ll have to redo a more a more fair and objective process according to a court opinion

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