Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldFlorida House panel passes controversial felon voting rights restoration bill  Sun SentinelFlorida felon voting rights imperiled amid GOP opposition  POLITICOView full coverage on Google News

Amendment 4: The House is hearing the first bill tomorrow. Here’s what’s in it.  Tampa Bay TimesA bill that would require ex-felons to pay back all court fees and fines before being allowed to vote was quickly denounced by advocates for Amendment 4, which ...

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

House panel clears 'guardrail' bill for felon voting rights restoration  Florida PoliticsA bill to define when felons have completed their sentences and are able to vote again was OK'd Tuesday in the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Florida Clemency Board set to make – or defer – important decisions Wednesday | Opinion  Tallahassee.comIndividual applications for civil rights restoration that had been in the queue before voter approval of Amendment 4 may be deferred.

Editorial: A restoration of the Voting Rights Act  Anniston StarLast September, the United States Commission on Civil Rights told President Trump the brutal truth about voting rights. Alabama's role in that truth was ...

Kennedy, Harris, Scott Reintroduce Bill To Amend Religious Freedom Restoration Act  Rainbow TimesRestoring & Protecting Civil Rights and Religious Freedom in the Trump Era. By: Audrey Cole/TRT Reporter—. WASHINGTON—In an attempt to ensure that ...

Leader of movement to restore voting rights to past convicts in Florida will speak in Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade will be the keynote speaker at a criminal justice reform forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

Free, weekly legal defense clinics give convicted felons a second chance  Arizona Daily StarThe Pima County Public Defender's Office is hosting free, weekly legal defense clinics, giving convicted felons a second chance at a *fresh* start.

We voted to give felons voting rights – now the Legislature is involved, so advocates are at the Capitol, keeping watch  Florida PhoenixHundreds of advocates for felon voting rights have been meeting with state lawmakers this week in the state Capitol. They have three major concerns: – First and ...

Emmett Till's Murder, and How America Remembers Its Darkest Moments  New York TimesHe walked into a store and it changed civil rights. That crumbling store has come to symbolize the struggle to address the nation's racial violence.

Ohio Civil Rights Commission funding shrinks as discrimination cases increase  Toledo BladeA statewide policy group is calling for Gov. Mike DeWine to increase funding for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in his upcoming budget proposal, citing a ...

Coalition Endorses Democracy Restoration Act and Voting Rights Restoration For All People With Felony Convictions  Human Rights WatchThe Justice Roundtable and the undersigned associated organizations urge the House of Representatives to support the Democracy Restoration Act and ...

Publisher of Virginia news website arrested on wire fraud, gun charges  Fredericksburg.comThe publisher of Virginia's Loudoun Tribune was arrested Thursday night and charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, as well as illegally possessing a gun and ...

It's High Time Congress Passed the Equality Act  ACLUOn Wednesday, the Equality Act — legislation that would provide LGBTQ people with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections — was ...

Former felons no longer disenfranchised in Florida  Miami HeraldHundreds of former felons celebrated on the steps of the state Capitol, more than four months after Florida voters passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to ...

Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin  Star TribuneIn a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the Michigan Legislature is expected to honor the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

Amendment 4: Is attempted murder the same as murder?  Tampa Bay TimesClick here to read this story in Spanish. TALLAHASSEE — Hundreds of former felons celebrated on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, more than four ...

"Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced this morning his support for DC Statehood and said it is a one of his top 3 priorities regarding voting rights and democracy reform in the Senate"  PoPvilleFrom a press release: “On the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and following reports of voter suppression in the 2018 elections that disproportionally targeted ...

Why Florida needs a voter registration 'Freedom Summer' | TheHill  The HillToday's rally in Tallahassee is the debut of a voter registration drive that will extend through the summer and beyond.

Controversial 'religious freedom' bill gets another look at Iowa Capitol  Des Moines RegisterRepublican lawmakers have reintroduced a bill at the Iowa Capitol that they say will protect religious rights but that critics warn could allow businesses in the ...

Voting Rights Act of 1965 may have to be passed again  People's WorldThe March 19 civil rights march across the Alabama River, the start of a 50 mile march to Montgomery, Alabama, with Martin Luther King Jr. waving from the front ...

In Montgomery, Ala., restoration and reconciliation are in full swing — and a Sudbury native is at the center of it  The Boston GlobeSarah Beatty Buller could see on her first visit to Montgomery that the historically rich and important city needed some love. So she and her husband purchased ...

Iowa bars felons from voting, but those convicted in other states often escape notice, investigation finds  DesMoinesRegister.comWhether someone who committed a felony out of state gets included in Iowa's felon database appears little more than happenstance, investigation finds.

Prison inmates, parolees may soon be able to vote in CT  CTPostHARTFORD — Instead of sponsoring separate legislation, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven and Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, have teamed up to get behind a ...

Guest editorial: Preserving, restoring our history | Opinions and Editorials  Aiken StandardU.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn spoke to guests and reporters at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia recently to celebrate the Reconstruction Era ...

Presidential Plane in Georgia Hangar Could Be Restored  U.S. News & World ReportWARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — There are plans to one day restore a dusty jet in a Georgia hanger -- a jet that served as Air Force One during critical moments of ...

National Park Service historian says she'll be working on Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument  AL.comBarbara Tagger, a longtime employee of the National Park *Service* in Alabama will continue her work for the agency in Birmingham.

HRC Urges Congress to Advance the “Do No Harm Act”  Human Rights CampaignLegislation would clarify that the federal RFRA is intended to protect religious freedom while ensuring it is not misused as a weapon of discrimination.

Trump admin files more briefs in religious liberty cases than Obama, Bush  NBC NewsIn 2 years Trump's Justice Department has submitted more amicus briefs in religious liberty cases than the Obama and Bush admins in their first 2 years.

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

Amendment 4 backer David Ayala, husband of state attorney, voted twice in Florida despite felonies  Orlando SentinelDavid Ayala, husband of State Attorney Aramis Ayala and voting rights champion, had been registered to vote in Florida since 2012 and voted in two elections ...

Winfield, Elliott Team Up To Back Bill Allowing Inmates to Vote  CT News JunkieHARTFORD, CT — Instead of sponsoring separate legislation, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven and Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, have teamed up to get ...

Ralph Northam’s apology campaign hits another snag  ThinkProgressThree weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to having worn blackface in the 1980s and apologized for (and then denied) appearing in a racist ...

Legislators expand funding to restore African-American cemeteries  WTKR News 3It doesn't take more than a brief visit to East End Cemetery to see that racial inequality impacts not only the living; it extends to the dead as well.

RED BANK: Once facing demolition, Fortune House restoration is done.  redbankgreenRED BANK: Once facing demolition, the onetime home of pioneering civil rights journalist T. Thomas Fortune has been restored. You can tour it this weekend.

For the People Act Welcomes Every Eligible Voter's Chance to Participate in Civic Life  People For the American WayIn addition to the broad reach of the Declaration for American Democracy coalition, voting rights advocates, including People For the American Way and PFAW's ...

These men are breathing new life into Cotton Avenue District  Macon TelegraphMacon attorneys Virgil Adams and Brian Adams have partnered to restore a block in the historic Cotton Avenue District, which has been on the Fading Five list ...

Groups seek to restore voting rights to Tennesseans with felony convictions  pridepublishinggroup.comTennessee is one of only 12 states that currently prohibits people with felony convictions getting their rights restored or has a process in place that is so ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Criminal justice reform measures discussed at forum in North Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, speaks at a criminal justice reform forum held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation ...

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 ...

After Years of New Voting Restrictions, Momentum Swings the Other Way  GoverningSome states are still purging voter rolls and requiring IDs. But most are now looking to expand access to the ballot box.

The Latest: Georgia voting problems highlighted at hearing  WTOPThe Latest: Georgia voting problems highlighted at hearing on WTOP | ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a congressional field hearing in Atlanta on voting ...

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 ...

Virginia Expands Funding To Restore African-American Cemeteries - The Seattle Medium  Seattle MediumBy Maryum Elnasseh Capital News *Service*. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – It doesn't take more than a brief visit to East End Cemetery to see that racial inequality ...

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.

Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics — 3.19.19  Florida PoliticsIf there's anyone in #FlaPol who deserves a top of 'burn birthday shout-out, it's Democrat political consultant Eric Johnson, a brilliant, passionate advocate for his ...

Over 1 million Florida felons just had their voting rights restored  MarketWatchFelons who have done their time and completed the terms of their probation and parole, will now be allowed to vote, with some exceptions.

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.

Air Force One for LBJ to be restored  NWAOnlineThere are plans to one day restore a dusty jet in a Georgia hangar -- a jet that served as Air Force One during critical moments of U.S. history.

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 ...

Opinion: The 'Power Grab' Surrounding Amendment Four  Florida Political ReviewNot long ago a campus petitioner stopped me and asked for my support to end voter fraud in Florida. He was a young man like myself who could even pass for a ...

Northam announces voting rights restoration to 10K convicted felons  WHSVMore than 10000 people have had their right to vote restored since Gov. Ralph Northam took office, the governor announced Tuesday.

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.

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.

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

‘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 ...

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Miami 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

In these divided times, is civility under siege?  Minnesota Public Radio NewsCivility is about more than simple politeness. It's a line of respect in public life. It's a comfort to some and repressive to others. And a majority of Americans ...

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 ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

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.

OPINION EXCHANGE | Earlier restoration of felons' right to vote would be wrong  Star TribuneA push to let such offenders regain the right while still on parole or probation focuses more on what is seen as good for them than on the rights of law-abiding ...

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 ...

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 JournalFlorida's system for voting rights restoration isn't just legally wrong. It's rigged to be racially and morally unjust.

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 ...

Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines  WTKR News 3For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

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 ...

Minnesota felons ask lawmakers for voting rights restoration  KMSP-TVConvicted Minnesota felons are asking state lawmakers to restore voting rights for previously incarcerated people, but a bill that's moving in the House faces a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Should Iowa restore voting rights to 52,000 felons? Advisory board says yes.  Des Moines RegisterIowa felon voter rights should be restored, a legislative advisory board recommended Wednesday.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Tennessee Considers Easing Felon Voting Rights Restoration  U.S. News & World ReportNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

Florida Has Been Stealing Votes From Black People Since the Civil War. That Could Change in November.  The InterceptOne in 10 eligible voters in Florida are effectively disenfranchised, thanks to a draconian law that bars former felons from voting and a broken clemency system.

Desmond Meade helps restore voting rights to millions of ex-felons across Florida | Central Floridian of the Year finalist  Orlando SentinelDesmond Meade is a finalist for the Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridian of the Year. Meade is the leader of the Amendment 4 movement which granted voting ...

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.

T. Thomas Fortune Foundation Hires New Curator, Holds Preview  The Two River TimesBy Rick Geffken. RED BANK – With the naming of its first curator and a much-anticipated unveiling next weekend as part of Black History Month, Red Bank's T.

Republicans in Georgia and Iowa Are Trying to Pass “Religious Freedom” Bills  NewNowNextDemocrats are fighting back, reintroducing a bill in Congress to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians  Mother JonesOn a muggy August day in 2005, Desmond Meade stood in front of the railroad tracks north of downtown Miami and prepared to take his life. He'd been released ...

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)

Amendment 4 gives felons a second chance and saves Florida money | Opinion  Florida TodayData proves that the vast majority of felons who get their voting and other civil rights back do not commit new crimes.

Amendment 4 questions stump Florida legislators  Tallahassee.comLawmakers stumbled on the Amendment's language about the legal definition of murder and what constitutes the completion of a sentence before the ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's open to automatically restoring felon voting rights in Iowa  Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday raised the possibility of automatically restoring voting rights to felons, a move that could affect at least 52,000 disenfranchised ...

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 ...

Vanita Gupta Emphasizes Voting Rights in Testimony on Democracy Reform  Civilrights.orgJanuary 29, 2019. For Immediate Release Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org. WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of ...

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 ...