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1.68 million Floridians are one step closer to redemption and restoration.

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Thanks to the tireless efforts of Desmond Meade and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC)  1.68 million Floridians are one step closer to having their voting rights restored.

Today marks a milestone in the effort to restore the voting rights of Floridians who have essentially been locked out of their constitutional right to vote in the State of Florida. The group has just verified enough signatures to put the voting restoration amendment on the Florida ballot.

Desmond Meade is the President of the FRRC, an organization recognized for its work with felon disenfranchisement. Desmond has been credited with coordinating the reorganization and incorporation of a coalition of over 70 state and national organizations and individuals in an effort to restore the voting rights of disenfranchised Floridians.

The restoration Meade and his supporters seek will not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses such as rape or child molestation. If successful in restoring voting rights to those who qualify, Meade anticipates close to 1.8 million people will be able to become registered voters in the state of Florida. 

That many potential voters returning to voting poles can represent a significant shift in the political dynamics for the already complicated state of Florida.

Currently, Florida is one of just four states to permanently bar felons from voting, even after they’ve served their sentences and probation.

It's not too late to find a copy of the petition at the Florida Division of Elections website at http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/initdetail.asp?account=64388&seqnum=1 or from the group’s website, https://floridarrc.com/


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