The state of Florida is now allowing former felons to vote in local and national elections; permitting upwards of 1.4 million individuals to register in a pivotal, battleground swing-state.
“The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections,” writes the Associated Press.
“We are encouraging our members to celebrate,” said the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. “Our members are going into the supervisor of elections with their loved ones. And that is very key— with their loved ones— because we really want to highlight that concept of love.”
The rules that dictate which residents are allowed to vote were changed last November when 65% of Floridians approved ‘Amendment Four,’ enfranchising former felons who have “done their time and completed the terms of their probation and parole.”
The law still bars those convicted of murder or sexual crimes from voting.
Read the full report here.
ANOTHER EXCUSE: Bill Nelson Claims ‘Voter Suppression’ Behind Florida Election Loss
Outgoing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson found another excuse for his Florida midterm defeat to Republican Rick Scott over the weekend; bizarrely claiming “voter suppression” was behind his election disaster just hours after he officially conceded the race.
Nelson was speaking with MSNBC Sunday afternoon when he weighed-in on his loss to sitting Governor Scott; saying we have to “make it easier for Americans to vote.”
Bill Nelson in his concession: "We must end all forms of voter suppression, make it easier for Americans to vote, and honor the ideal that we are governed by the majority and not by the minority rule." pic.twitter.com/lxhwg7W7du
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 18, 2018
“I will continue to fight on and on for inalienable human rights that are the soul and glory of the American experience… We must end all forms of voter suppression and make it easier for Americans to vote,” said Nelson.
BROWARD BREAKDOWN: Accusations Mount over Florida Corruption, Mystery Deliveries, Slow Counting
Broward County, Florida was once again thrust into the national spotlight this week over complaints of possible corruption and voter regularities following Tuesday’s high-stakes midterm elections.
“Lawyers are descending on Florida as the state braces once again to become ground zero in a national election fight, and the epicenter appears to be Broward County where late-arriving ballots in Democratic strongholds are fueling accusations of political shenanigans,” writes Fox News.
Senator Marco Rubio slammed county officials on social media Friday, saying Broward “still hasn’t finished & won’t disclose how many ballots are left.”
Early Voting in #BrowardCounty ended 108 hours ago. Every other county,including neighboring Miami-Dade (which had 100k more votes cast) was able to canvass,tabulate & report to state by deadline. But #Broward still hasn’t finished & won’t disclose how many ballots are left.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 9, 2018
“The incompetence & the violation of #Florida reporting requirements by [Broward] elections dept could impact more than just the outcome. The last thing our already dangerously divided nation needs is an important election 1/2 our people believe was rigged by the other 1/2,” Rubio tweeted.
Read the full story at Fox News.