Donald Trump carried Florida by just 119,770 votes...
What if 1.4 million people hadn't been disenfranchised?
Florida Amendment 4 (Voting Rights)
Florida Amendment 4
Donald Trump carried Florida by 119,770 votes in 2016. That outcome might have been different if 1.4 million Floridians were allowed to vote.
Amendment 4 ("Second Chances Florida") restores the eligibility to vote for people with prior felony convictions who fully complete their entire sentences – including any probation, parole, and restitution. More than 1.4 million people in Florida are permanently excluded from voting because of a prior felony conviction. Current law in Florida allows convicted felons to regain their voting rights only through the direct personal involvement of the Governor and a 3-person Cabinet.
Amendment 4 specifically excludes Floridians who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.
Earlier this year a tremendous grassroots campaign collected 766,200 signatures to qualify Amendment 4 for the November ballot. With this success comes the opportunity to restore the rights of more than 1.4 million Floridians who have served their time and yet are still being disenfranchised and barred from casting a ballot.
More than 10 percent of the voting-age population in the state -- approximately 25 percent of African-Americans — are constitutionally barred from voting for life as the result of a felony conviction.
Passing Amendment 4 is the preeminent and state-specific unifying message and issue on the ballot in November. It is in need of more attention and should be a major cornerstone of our organizing strategy. We are now just months away from the final step: Earning 60% in the general election on November 6th, but we need your support to make it happen. Polling results indicate strong voter intensity on the question of support; 48% of respondents say they will "definitely" vote for Amendment 4, while another 25% say they "probably" will vote YES.
This Amendment requires a 60% majority to win.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
$1M has been raised; estimated $12M total budget
None yet decleared, but big $ are coming as this could cost the Republican party Florida in 2020 and beyond.
With 29 electoral votes, Florida is perhaps the most important swing state in the country during Presidential elections. Florida supported Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 before backing Donald Trump in 2016.
The full "ballot summary" for Amendment 4 is as follows: "This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis."