Over 1 million Florida felons just had their voting rights restored  MarketWatchFlorida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesFlorida ex-felons reclaim their voting rights, ready to become ‘like every other American citizen’  Washington PostFormer felons can begin registering to vote in Florida  WPLG Local 10Ex-felons in Florida enjoy new freedom: Registering to vote  NBCNews.comView full coverage on Google News

Another wronged voter comes forward as Gov. Reynolds is urged to restore felon voting rights quickly  Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds supports a constitutional amendment related to felon voter rights; some say she needs to act sooner via executive order.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

How Iowa can fix its 'anti-democratic' felon voter ban? Critics say end it; governor willing to listen  Des Moines RegisterThere is a proven fix for Iowa's felon voting ban that has mistakenly rejected the ballots of law-abiding Iowans: Let felons vote once they've served their time, ...

'Good cause shown' in gun rights restoration case  Virginia Lawyers WeeklyPetitioner, a convicted felon whose civil rights have been restored, will have his right to possess firearms and ammunition reinstated because he has met Code ...

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesDespite hedging from Florida's Republican leaders, an amendment that allows eligible former felons to register to vote will go into effect on Tuesday, Tampa Bay ...

Florida voters prove Americans can put ‘people over politics’ | TheHill  The HillSixty-five percent of Florida voters said 'yes' to restoring voting rights to felons, demonstrating shared values of fairness, redemption and human dignity.

Your Public Trustee: Felons must meet sentence rules to vote  Apalachicola TimesQ. Can you provide any information on when felons will be allowed to register to vote? A. Amendment 4 was placed on the November ballot as a citizen initiative, ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Nevada laws on ‘pink tax,’ felons’ rights take effect Tuesday  Las Vegas Review-JournalTwo new laws take effect in Nevada on Tuesday: the voter-approved “pink tax” exemption for feminine hygiene products and a bill from the 2017 Legislature ...

Not so fast? Too bad — voters have spoken | Opinion  Tallahassee.comAmendment 4 calls for an automatic restoration of voting rights for people charged with felonies who have served their time.

ACLU-NJ Urges Marijuana Legalization, Driver's Licenses, Independent Prosecutors, and Voting Rights Following Gov. Murphy's State of the State  InsiderNJACLU-NJ Urges Marijuana Legalization, Driver's Licenses, Independent Prosecutors, and Voting Rights Following Gov. Murphy's State of the State.

Felons\' Voting Rights Restoration Should Be Delayed, Says Florida Governor-Elect  GoverningRon DeSantis said the amendment, which would restore voting rights for most ex-felons who have served their sentences, should take effect after state ...

Leon elections supervisor, others throughout state, to start registering ex-felons  Tallahassee.comUnless a judge orders otherwise, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley will begin to register formerly convicted non-violent felons on Jan. 8, the day ...

Voting Rights Restored for 1.4 Million Ex-Felons in Florida  WJCT NEWSA constitutional amendment took effect, Tuesday, that automatically restores the voting rights of some 1.4 million Florida residents with past felony.

Angela Davis and a Birmingham Human Rights Award Fiasco  CityLabThe revocation of the Shuttlesworth award for Angela Davis by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute highlights who is deciding the city's civil rights narrative.

Fight brews over felons’ voting rights in Florida | TheHill  The HillORLANDO, Fla. – When Florida voters approved a sweeping ballot initiative last month to restore the voting rights of some felons, advocates rejoiced in the ...

Once a 'Laughingstock' on Voting Rights, Reform Package Moves New York Toward More 'Inclusive Democracy'  Common DreamsVoting rights advocates celebrated Monday night as state lawmakers in New York—long considered a "national laughingstock" on voting rights—took a major ...

Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis should embrace new wave of voters, not block the door | Editorial  Sun SentinelFlorida voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to former felons who've paid their societal debts. Rather than resist, Gov.

Local Democrats mislead about religious rights bill  The Citizen.comA swarm of Democrats are infuriated at our Board of Commissioners for endorsing a resolution supportive of a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, ...

Where others see ruin | Columnists  San Mateo Daily JournalSobering results of a recent major bipartisan poll reveal that half of Americans have all but completely lost confidence in our democracy. A majority, 55 percent, ...

Florida Republicans will tweet about anything but felons getting voting rights back  The Daily DotToday, 1.4 million Floridians had their voting rights restored after a repeal of a Jim Crow-era law. The Florida GOP didn't have much to say.

Why Ronald Reagan Had a Record Eight Shutdowns  HistoryMost government shutdowns happen over hot button issues where the Democratic and Republican parties strongly disagree—abortion in the 1970s, Medicaid ...

Singing and applause as ex-felons register to vote in Sarasota  Sarasota Herald-TribuneFlorida's voting rights restoration system for convicted felons had been criticized for years by those who view it as unjust and racially biased.

Voter-backed Amendment 4 lets felons register to vote starting in January  Daytona Beach News-JournalVoting rights advocates cheered the passage of Amendment 4, which removes restrictions most felons in Florida face in regaining their right to vote.The question ...

With Major Elections Bill, House Dems Get Ball Rolling On Fixing Voting Rights Act  TPMA major legislative package of democracy reforms House Democrats will introduce on Friday is both a notable marker of the emphasis the new majority wants to ...

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistTHE MID-TERM elections in Florida featured some momentous races, including razor's-edge counts in the Senate and governor's contests.

St. Petersburg College to host forum on criminal justice reform this week  Creative Loafing TampaSt. Petersburg College has made criminal justice reform the topic of an upcoming forum at its Seminole campus. State senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) is the ...

29 Senate Democrats call on OPM to restore trans employee guidance  Washington BladeA group of 29 Senate Democrats led by Dianne Feinstein are calling on the U.S Office of Personnel Management to restore to its website guidance ensuring fair ...

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Salem area with these events  Statesman JournalCommemorate Dr. King's legacy with a day of *service*, march, keynote speakers, lectures and workshops.

40 Florida Ex-Felons Get Civil Rights Restored At Clemency Board Meeting  WUFTForty ex-felons had their civil rights restored at Florida's Executive Clemency Board meeting Thursday. It was the first Executive Clemency Board meeting to ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

Felons can get advice on restoring civil rights at free Tucson clinic  Arizona Daily StarProfessionals will offer advice on restoring rights, setting aside convictions.

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Montgomery's Ben Moore Hotel has a complicated past, uncertain future  Montgomery AdvertiserIt was nearly 70 years ago when the Ben Moore Hotel made Montgomery history, becoming the first hotel to serve the city's black citizens. A beacon for the ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Bradenton HeraldAmendment 4 on the Election 2018 ballot in Florida would restore voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences. It would not apply to people ...

Convicted felon advocates for restoration of civil rights  Wink NewsShould convicted felons' civil rights be restored? Neil Volz, of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition was convicted of conspiracy as part of the Jack Ambramoff ...

Convicted felons in Arizona have tough time getting voting rights back  Tucson News NowA person convicted of a felony loses a lot more than just their freedom. Depending on the state they live in, some have to fight to regain their right to vote after ...

Understanding felon voting rights restoration  PolitiFactWhen felons leave prison, should they regain the right to vote? That's a question that many states have grappled with in recent decades. New York and Florida ...

Editorial: Gov. Rick Scott’s clemency process should be criminal  Pensacola News JournalHBO talk show host John Oliver may be known as a comedian, but his recent report on Florida's Jim Crow-era culture of felon disenfranchisement was more ...

Florida Amendment 4: midterm election voters decide on ex-felons’ right to vote  Vox.comAmendment 4 will let Florida voters restore voting rights for ex-felons.

Annual MLK commemorative breakfast to feature Donovan Livingston  Miami's Community NewspapersThe Department of Multicultural Programs and Services is honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a month-long celebration inspired by ...

Wanda’s Picks for January 2019  San Francisco Bay Viewby Wanda Sabir. “How'm I doing,” asks the captain of the spaceship, Wanda's grandson, on Kuumba (Creativity) or New Year's Eve at Chabot Planetarium for ...

Restore felons' voting rights, Florida. It's smart justice | Opinion  Sun SentinelAmendment 4, the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” will save Florida taxpayers money and give felons a second chance. Florida residents should vote "Yes" in ...

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida  Tampabay.comAfter U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Florida's process for restoring felons' civil rights was unconstitutional in early February, he allowed me to file a friend ...

Price tag for restricting felons' rights after prison put at $385 million a year  Bradenton HeraldThe restrictive policy imposed by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet costs the state in lost revenue, wage growth, and increased prison costs, a new report ...

In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians  Orlando SentinelLast month, while trying to decide whether to restore a Florida man's right to vote — a right the man lost when convicted of a crime more than a decade ago ...

Headlines for Tuesday, January 15, 2019  kansaspublicradio.orgThese are the headlines for our area, mostly from the AP, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

No One Seems To Know How Amendment 4 Will Be Implemented To Restore Felon's Right To Vote  WLRNWith its passage on November 6, Amendment 4 granted over a million felons across the state the right to vote.

Restoration of felon voting rights march to culminate with rally at Capitol Thursday  Tallahassee.comHundreds of millennials are expected to join religious and civil rights leaders in a march and rally on the state Capitol Thursday to support the restoration of ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsDelegation increases shutdown vitriol. The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week. It dominates nearly every hour of every news cycle with no ...

Judge orders Gov. Scott, Cabinet to create system to restore felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldA judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida's “fatally flawed” system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to ...

Seidman: Anticipated roadblocks on the route to restoration of felons voting rights  Sarasota Herald-TribuneJust hours after county election supervisors meeting this week in Sarasota asked for a directive from the state on how to implement Amendment 4 — the recently ...

The Department Of Health And Human Services Issues Guidelines On GDPR's Territorial Scope - Security - United States  Mondaq News AlertsWe have outlined key information about the five cybersecurity threats and ten cybersecurity practices presented in the Cybersecurity Guidelines below. United ...

Alan Dershowitz at Restoration Weekend  FrontPage MagazineWhy conservative and liberal centrists should ally to save American liberty.

Amendment 4 will give felons their lives back, and save the rest of us money  Miami HeraldFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and a second ...

Early civil rights leaders' meeting place being restored  WXXI NewsThe 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House played a significant role in the civil rights movements of the mid-nineteenth century. Bill Brandow is an.

Amendment 4 has passed in Florida and the implementation questions start  Amsterdam NewsThere are an estimated 1.5 million plus Floridians who are formerly convicted felons without civil rights, including the ability to vote,” said Renata Sago of the ...

Group Works to Help Some Nevada Felons Regain Voting Rights  U.S. News & World ReportLAS VEGAS (AP) — A new organization is encouraging Nevada felons who can regain the right to vote to make sure they're registered in time to vote for the ...

Cotterell: Economic study supports ex-con rights restoration  Tallahassee.comSupporters of the voter initiative to restore voting rights for ex-convicts now have some impressive dollars-and-cents evidence to support passage of Amendment ...

Elections Supervisors Seek Answers On Restoration Of Felon's Voting Rights  WLRNFlorida officials don't have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of ...

Court questions if felons' voting rights fight is moot  Pensacola News JournalTALLAHASSEE --- After Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a ...

White Republican felons fare better when Rick Scott restores voting rights  Orlando SentinelWhite, Republican felons fare better under Rick Scott's voting-restoration, but politicians shouldn't even be involved. (See: Amendment 4)

A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act | TheHill  The HillMyrna Pérez says as we mark the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its landmark guarantees of free and fair elections have dimmed.

Vote for Amendment 4 and restore felons' voting rights  The News-PressCalled the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote.

Florida Restored Voting Rights to Felons … Is Iowa Next?  WHO TV Des MoinesDES MOINES, Iowa -- Civil rights advocates say this could be the year Iowa felons get their voting rights back. Iowa is now only one of two states that ban felons ...

Joel Feinman: Pima County to hold rights restoration clinics  Arizona Daily StarFor people convicted of a felony, punishment doesn't really ended when they leave prison.

Ruling Clarifies That Some White-Collar Felons Can Possess A Firearm  ForbesMost people assume that white collar offenders, like many other federal offenders, cannot possess a firearm as a result of a conviction. A new ruling brings to ...

Another Opinion: This fall, restore felons' right to vote  Daily CommercialMany supporters, myself included, of Amendment 4 (Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative), for felons who have served their sentences, were deeply ...

Congress overrides Reagan civil rights veto, March 22, 1988  PoliticoOn this day in 1988, the House, following the Senate's lead, overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. The legislation ...

Florida Felon Takes Lead in Fight to Restore Voting Rights  VOA NewsIn 2004, Desmond Meade, while serving a 15-year prison sentence for a drug offense in Florida, got a break. An appeals court returned his conviction to the ...

Florida ballot measure looks to restore felon voting rights  Fox NewsMore than 1.5 million Florida residents are barred from voting in state elections for the rest of their lives, because of a tough law that permanently revokes voting ...

Leadership Conference Priorities for the 116th Congress  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this document here. On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more ...

Florida felons may soon have voting rights restored  Tallahassee.comWhy wouldn't the governor and Cabinet appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's rulings that Florida's clemency/civil rights/voting eligibility restoration process ...

Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe's Felon Voting Rights Restoration  Community Idea StationsGovernor Ralph Northam has restored voting rights to ex-felons at a slower clip than his predecessor, a shift his office attributes to a clearing out of old requests ...

Advocates Fight to Restore Voting Rights to Those With Felonies  Arizona Public MediaManny Mejias served 20 years in prison and is now a re-entry coordinator for the Pima County's Criminal Justice Reform Unit. (PHOTO: Candace Manriquez ...

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Palm Beach PostThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years, The Post found. Howard Lee Lockett brought his ...

Restoration of Vote to Ex-Cons Likely to Influence Outcomes in Florida  Courthouse News Service(CN) – A Florida ballot initiative to restore voting rights to most felons who have served their time ended 150 years of voter disenfranchisement and will ...

In Florida, Long Fight for Restored Vote Often Ends in Minutes  Courthouse News ServiceThis is the third installment of a four-part series on the effort overturn a 150-year old law in Florida that strips felons of their voting rights for life. A proposal that ...

Florida to Gain 1.4 Million Voters if Felon Measure Passes  The Wall Street JournalMIAMI—Florida voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to restore voting rights for an estimated 1.4 million people with felony records, and supporters of the measure ...

Bombing suspect is registered to vote in Miami-Dade, voted in August GOP primary, 2016 election  Tampa Bay TimesCesar Sayoc, identified by law enforcement officials as the bombing suspect Friday, is a registered Republican voter in Miami-Dade County and he cast a ballot ...

Amendment 4: Florida voters can decide whether to restore voting rights to some felons  The News-PressWhen Lance Wissinger decided to drive himself and his friend home from a bar after a day spent at a baseball game in 2003, he didn't know that the decision ...

Florida’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE –For only the third time this year — but this time under a withering national media glare — Florida's highest elected officials sat in judgment ...

Florida’s Amendment 4 Would Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People  The InterceptOn Tuesday voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to 1.4 million of Florida's 1.68 million convicted felons.

There’s no good reason to stop felons from voting  The Washington PostJACKSONVILLE, Fla. The bumpy path of Desmond Meade's life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of Florida International University ...

Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court  Tampabay.comGov. Rick Scott and Florida's three elected Cabinet members Friday mounted a new legal defense of the state's 150-year-old system for restoring the voting ...

ACLU chief Howard Simon leaves on the ‘highest note’ — restoring felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldOutgoing ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon is retiring after more than two decades of advocacy for Florida's disenfranchised felons, same-sex couples, ...

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers, give felons second chance: Guestview  Pensacola News JournalFlorida voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society be given a second chance.

The Age Of RFRA  ForbesOn Friday, November 16th, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) turned 25 years old. By many standards, the law has proved a rousing success.

After getting his own pardon, Gainesville man helps others restore their rights  Gainesville TimesRecently sober, and after seeing his daughter at Duke University, Earnest Mason knew he needed to make a change in 2000 to expand his opportunities.

This man was granted a pardon. Most others remain in civil-rights limbo.  Bradenton HeraldDozens of people who lost the right to vote in long-ago felony convictions remain in limbo because a federal judge has struck down Florida's civil rights ...

Rally calls for restoring Florida felons' rights after court defeat  Orlando WeeklyA day after a stinging defeat handed down by an appeals court, ministers and civil rights leaders —- including national talk-show host Al Sharpton —-...

Voting Rights Process For Florida Felons Unconstitutional, Judge Says  NPRU.S. District Judge Mark Walker says a state panel that is the gatekeeper for the restoration of voting rights to felons who served their time is unconstitutional.

Federal court questions whether Florida fight over former felons' voting rights is now moot  Orlando WeeklyAfter Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a high-profile...

Rick Scott restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons as black felons  Orlando WeeklyDuring his time in office, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons compared to black former felons, ...

Editorial: Florida's voting rights quandary  OcalaFlorida stands nearly alone in its treatment of voting rights for former felons. While most states restore civil rights after all sentences are complete, Florida forces ...