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Convicted felon voting rights measure could pass in 2018
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Convicted felon voting rights measure could pass in 2018


Amendment 4 is by far the most controversial, and quite possibly the most popular measure voters will address on the ballot this midterm election cycle.

The Voter Rights Restoration initiative needs 60% support of voters, and it could very well get it.

Most Republicans (53%) are against it because they fear felony convicted Floridians who get a chance to vote, will vote Democratic.

Here is how the ballot measure reads:

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.

Democrats have contended that Republicans are paranoid and that the 1.6 million convicted felons, who could be eligible to vote, many would vote Republican.

Here are the number breaks down per race and ethnicity:

— Democrats: Yes, 84 percent; no, 10 percent; don’t know, 6 percent.

— Republicans: Yes, 53 percent; no, 37 percent; don’t know, 10 percent.

–No party/minor party: Yes, 71 percent; no, 22 percent; don’t know, 7 percent.

— White: Yes, 66 percent; no, 26 percent; don’t know, 8 percent.

— Black: Yes, 93 percent; no, 6 percent; don’t know, 1 percent.

— Hispanic: Yes, 61 percent; no, 27 percent; don’t know, 13 percent. (Sun-Sentinel)

It’s clear the Floridians support Amendment 4, but after Democratic CFO nominee Jeremy Ring let out what could be his political party’s secret agenda, could enough Republican and Independent voters change their mind and oppose it?

2020 is going to be a big deal. It will be the most important election. 2018 is to get ready and set the foundation for 2020. There are 1.6 non-violent ex-felons that do not have their rights to vote. If Rick Scott believed for one second that all of these individuals were Republican, he would have restored their rights 8 years ago.

On the very first meeting, we can take Amendment 4, assuming even if it passes, and we can codify right there and in one meeting, in one content agreement, our team will put 1.6 million new Democratic voters on the rolls right there and then. -Jeremy Ring (D)

 Here is Ring possibly letting the cat out of the bag at a Gillum rally:


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who publishes the,,,, and During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected] Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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