Yesterday was a historic day in elections across the country. In Florida, voters passed Amendment 4 which restored voting rights for 1.5 million citizens in the state with previous felony convictions.
Up until now, Florida had one of the strictest laws in the country barring those with previous felony convictions from voting for life. Florida has the highest rate of felon disenfranchisement as well as being the longest state to do so. One in 10 voting-age adults and almost one in four African-American adults who had previously lost the right to vote will now be able to reclaim this civic duty.
Every state has different laws regarding the voting rights of convicted felons. Most states will automatically restore voting rights of felons either after they've been released from prison or complete parole/probation. However, some states permanently disenfranchise those convicted of felons (like Florida, Kentucky, and Indiana).
Currently, there are over 6 million Americans who were unable to vote this year because of a previous felony conviction.