January 13, 2019
This seems only mildly concerning.
More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions regained the right to vote on Tuesday, setting in motion a process that carries the potential to reshape elections in the country’s largest and most unpredictable battleground state.
The mass re-enfranchisement of felons who have completed their sentences is the result of Amendment 4, a ballot initiative approved by nearly 65 percent of Florida voters in November that ends a longtime policy requiring felons to petition the state clemency board for their voting rights to be restored.
The move expands the pool of eligible voters in Florida by roughly 1.4 million people — a significant number in a state where elections are often decided by fewer than 100,000 votes — setting off a scramble to register eligible felons.
Forget about the voting and the politics for a second and consider how shitty the United States is about to get because of Kushner’s zoo release program. And now couple that with them giving these animals the right to vote.
It’s clear what’s happening here: the legitimization of crime.
But even if a fraction of those affected by Amendment 4, which doesn’t include felons convicted of murder or sex crimes, cast ballots in the next election, it could have immense political impacts, said Mac Stipanovich, a Tallahassee-based Republican strategist.
“When you have a number of potential voters as large as that, the potential for change in Florida is theoretically enormous,” Stipanovich said. “We’re a state where statewide elections, where millions of votes are cast, are decided by a few thousand votes.”
While there is little information on the political affiliations of felons, Stipanovich said that many likely leaned Democratic.
I recall that the 2000 elections in Florida were decided by a few thousand votes.
It was a big deal at the time.
And I distinctly remember Dems talking about how the election was stolen, because black prisoners weren’t allowed to vote and what an outrage that was.
Looks like they finally got their way.
I’m no political junkie, but it seems that this swings Florida blue in 2020.
Yikes. Like, I don’t want to be alarmist or black-pilled or whatever, but at first glance, this seems like catastrophic news.
I think I’ll just avoid thinking about Florida unless another “Florida Man” story hits the news.
That’ll cheer me up.