11 votes Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons’ voting rights Posted December 6, 2018 by alyaza Tags: usa.fl, law.constitutional, felons, local government, rights.voting, author.steve bousquet, author.steve contorno, author.david smiley https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/12/04/confusion-and-uncertainty-cloud-restoration-of-felons-voting-rights/ Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors Steve Bousquet, Steve Contorno, David Smiley Published Dec 4 2018 Word count 842 words 4 comments Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK  alyaza (OP) December 6, 2018 Link a mixture of intentional obstruction and partisan bullshit by republicans, bad instruction by the state, awful bureaucracy on several levels, and just an overall lack of clarity as to how to... a mixture of intentional obstruction and partisan bullshit by republicans, bad instruction by the state, awful bureaucracy on several levels, and just an overall lack of clarity as to how to handle what voters want is probably going to lead to a pretty disastrous roll-out of florida's amendment which restores the right of felons in the state to vote. here are just a few hitches with how the roll-out is going and will likely continue to go: Counties wanted clear direction from the state. But the state's position is that the Legislature should have a voice — the same Legislature that for decades refused to address the issue of felons' voting rights, which prompted advocates to collect enough voters' signatures to force a statewide referendum, bypassing the Legislature. The legislative session begins March 5 and is scheduled to end May 3. In a further complication, a new governor and Secretary of State will take office in January. Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, the new chairman of the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee, said the restoration of voting rights "may or may not" need legislative action. needless to say, not very optimistic about how this is going to go, especially given the fact that florida republicans will continue to run the state at every level and don't really have a vested interest in seeing this through. guess we'll find out, but this has all the makings of a clusterfuck. 3 votes  dubteedub December 6, 2018 Link Parent This is just more of the same from GOP. Modern Republicans hate Democracy. That is why they engage in mass gerrymandering, voter fraud, and voter suppression to protect their minority rule. In at... This is just more of the same from GOP. Modern Republicans hate Democracy. That is why they engage in mass gerrymandering, voter fraud, and voter suppression to protect their minority rule. In at least three states, Republicans lost the popular vote but won the House Majorities of voters in at least three battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina — chose a Democrat to represent them in the state’s House of Representatives. Yet in all three states, Republicans maintained majority control over the chamber despite winning only a minority of votes. Michigan and North Carolina are more straightforward cases. The states draw their legislative districts by passing bills in the legislature. Whichever party controls the legislature controls the redistricting, and Republicans happened to be in charge of both legislatures following the 2010 Census. In 2018, both states saw a six percentage-point gap between Democrats' share of the popular vote, and the share of state House seats they won. Michigan Democrats won 200,000 more votes statewide than Republicans did but will get 52 out of 110 seats. North Carolina Democrats prevailed in the popular vote by 79,000 votes but won 54 out of 120 seats. 4 votes  KapteinB December 7, 2018 Link Parent Is it likely that restoring voting rights to ex-felons will turn Florida blue? Is it likely that restoring voting rights to ex-felons will turn Florida blue? 1 vote dubteedub December 7, 2018 Link Parent Considering that Ron DeSantis only won the 2018 Governors race by 30k votes, I would say it is fairly likely. Considering that Ron DeSantis only won the 2018 Governors race by 30k votes, I would say it is fairly likely.