Law restoring felon voting rights goes into effect
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
It’s a historic day in Florida; on Tuesday a new state law takes effect restoring voting rights to more than a million people with felony convictions.
The new law only applies to former felons who have completed all terms of their sentence, that includes parole or probation.
Convicted murderers or sex offenders are not eligible.
Amendment 4 was approved by nearly 65 percent of Florida voters in the November midterm elections.
Returning citizens can start registering to vote on Tuesday January 8th both online and in person.
A news conference is set for 11 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office to discuss the process.
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