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Jewish Groups Helped Florida Felons Gain The Vote

Tuesday's elections were seen as a referendum on Trump

"If disenfranchised felons in Florida had been permitted to vote, Democrat Gore would certainly have carried the state, and the election".

Despite Tuesday's historic vote, where about 65 percent of Floridians approved Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to most felons, two leading academics say the reversal is unlikely to create a surge of new Democratic voters.

It doesn't apply to anyone convicted of murder or sexual assault.

"Over 60% of Florida voters took a stand for fairness and voting rights, and to remove an ugly stain that has been in our state's constitution since the Civil War era", ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon said in a statement. He ruled Florida's system that requires felons wait five years to petition the governor and three elected Cabinet members for the right to vote was "fatally flawed".

This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.

Opponents argued that the measure treats all felons alike and takes away the ability to judge each individually.

In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, MA voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms.

Supporters of the amendment have said the old process of applying for restoration of those rights is prohibitively hard and arbitrary. But, one vote has already been decided and needs no recount.

"We want to build on the infrastructure that we've built here in Florida for criminal justice reforms", said Robert Rooks, Vice President for the Alliance for Safety and Justice.

At the time, 827,000 people in Florida had lost the right to vote due to felony convictions.

What happens to a person convicted of a felony varies from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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

While liberal-leaning groups succeeded in getting some of their favored policy proposals on the ballot in Republican-controlled states, the partisan pattern was reversed in Democratic-leaning OR and MA.

In Democratic-leaning OR, conservatives unsuccessfully targeted two policies. "We showed the entire country that people from all walks of life can come together whether they're conservative, whether they're progressive, whether they're white, whether they're black, whether they're young and old, they can actually come together and move issues that make our communities safer, that increase contributions to the tax base and that make so much sense".