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ACLU to Hold Sit-Ins as Florida Republicans Try to Limit Felon Voting Rights

The 2018 Florida ballot measure to restore voting rights to most felons was literally years in the making. Amendment 4’s biggest champion — Desmond Meade, a former Miami resident and executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition — started gathering petition signatures across the state in 2012. The amendment passed with 65 percent voter approval from across the political spectrum. But state Republicans…

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How Voter ID Laws Discriminate

How Voter ID Laws Discriminate

BY VANN R. NEWKIRK II For all the fervor of the current debate over voter ID laws, there’s a startling lack of good data on their effects. As of the 2016 election, 33 states have a voter identification law, with 12 of those considered “strict” requirements. After the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case weakened federal oversight over state and county…

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