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Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored

Updated: Sep 29, 2018

Desmond Meade speaks at an event at Tulane University.ERIKA GOLDRING / GETTY

By Gabby Deutch (The Atlantic) - This November, Florida voters will choose a new governor in one of the nation’s most contested—and consequential—races. But if they look to the bottom of the ballot, they will also be asked to decide whether the right to vote should be granted to 1.5 million former felons who live in the state. With Iowa and Kentucky, Florida is one of just three states in the nation to automatically and permanently keep anyone who has committed a felony from ever voting again. A grassroots movement headed by former felons seeks to change that.

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