Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldFlorida Lawmakers Attempt to Weaken Voter Rights Restoration  TruthoutFL. Legislature proposes new restrictions on Felon Voting Rights Restoration bill - WMNF  WMNFCritics Blast House Felons' Voting Rights Restoration Proposal | Daily Business Review  Law.comCritics blast Florida GOP effort to make ex-felons pay fees before restoring rights as 'modern poll tax'  Orlando WeeklyView full coverage on Google News

Seidman: Restoring voting rights, before its too late  Sarasota Herald-TribuneFlorida GOP could limit Amendment 4's expansion of voting rights  Vox.comCritics say Legislature is creating roadblocks to voter restoration  Daily CommercialCritics say GOP-led Legislature in way of voter restoration  Daytona Beach News-JournalEditorial: Don’t block voting rights  OcalaView full coverage on Google News

Partisan clash over ‘poll tax’ as voting rights restoration fight starts in Senate  Orlando SentinelA push by Florida Republicans to require ex-felons to pay all fines and restitution related to their sentence before getting their right to vote back is sparking a ...

The new 'Jim Crow'? Bill tying restoration of voting rights to payments clears committee  Florida PoliticsA bill that would require felons to pay all their fees, fines and restitution before they can vote cleared a Senate committee Monday as debate continues over ...

Restoration of Voting Rights Could Cost Florida Felons  GoverningBy Tampa Bay Times. If you ask former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake, the hundreds of dollars in court fees convicted felons have to pay are not part ...

Senate felons’ voting rights bill enacts same ‘poll tax’ as House proposal  Watchdog.orgThe Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved its own version of the “enacting legislation” Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican legislators say is ...

News Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances Associated Press 8:44 AM, Mar 21, 2019  NewsChannel5.comA Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Restoration Hopes for Bank Targeted by Infamous Bank Robbers  U.S. News & World ReportBOLEY, Okla. (AP) — The founder of a historical preservation nonprofit says a building in central Oklahoma connected to one of the nation's most infamous bank ...

Kennedy, Harris, Scott Reintroduce Bill To Amend Religious Freedom Restoration Act  Rainbow TimesTOPICS:burwell v. hobby lobbycongressman bobby scottcongressman joe kennedydiscriminationdo not harm actlgbtqreligious freedomreligious freedom ...

Florida Clemency Board set to make – or defer – important decisions Wednesday | Opinion  Tallahassee.comIndividual applications for civil rights restoration that had been in the queue before voter approval of Amendment 4 may be deferred.

Leader of movement to restore voting rights to past convicts in Florida will speak in Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade will be the keynote speaker at a criminal justice reform forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

Editorial: Florida GOP is crushing the voting rights gained by Amendment 4  Palm Beach PostOn Nov. 6, almost two-thirds of Florida voters took inspiring action to wipe away a generations-old injustice, voting decisively to automatically restore the right to ...

Legislature Notebook: Major bills are moving along  Daily CommercialTALLAHASSEE — Last week was a big one in the Florida Legislature.A committee unveiled its plan to implement Amendment 4. The House of Representatives ...

Today in History, March 22: The Beatles release debut album in 1963  Sulphur Southwest Daily NewsToday is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2019. There are 284 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament ...

We voted to give felons voting rights – now the Legislature is involved, so advocates are at the Capitol, keeping watch  Florida PhoenixHundreds of advocates for felon voting rights have been meeting with state lawmakers this week in the state Capitol. They have three major concerns: – First and ...

Why a federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination law will be difficult to pass, according to new research  Deseret NewsTwenty-three percent of Americans simultaneously favor LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and religious exemptions for small business owners, and include ...

The Ending of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Explained  Film School RejectsThe ending to Jordan Peele's latest horror film is bold, ambitious, and a little tricky to understand. That's where we come in.

Should a felon who owes $59 million be allowed to vote? How about $190,000?  Bradenton HeraldUnder Republican lawmakers' interpretation of Amendment 4, ostensibly restoring the right to vote to more than a million Floridians, people would have to pay ...

Everyone Deserves Full Protection Under the Law  People For the American WayIt's time to update our nation's civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ+ people. This post originally appeared on OtherWords.org. Our country has made significant ...

Nicaragua: Yes to a Democratic Solution, No to an Ungovernable Country  Havana TimesIt is not time to wait and see the supposed results of the dialogue on Friday, but to press hard now, to save the banners of the peaceful revolution. By Carlos F.

D.C. Stakeholders Square Off Over Net Neutrality Bill Markup  Broadcasting & CableReaction was swift to the House Communications Subcommittee's referral of the Save the Internet Act to the full House Energy & Commerce Committee, the first ...

Amendment 4: Is attempted murder the same as murder?  Tampa Bay TimesSince November, Republican lawmakers have talked about bringing legislation to clarify the law. Now, that clarification is coming in the form of a soon-to-be-filed ...

Pennsylvania Is Jailing Mentally Ill People Who Belong in Treatment  ACLUFor the third time in less than four years, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and co-counsel from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer asked a federal judge last week to order ...

Atlanta’s Cyclorama had the black role in a Civil War battle all wrong. She set about to fix that.  The Washington PostThe first time Calinda Lee saw the “Battle of Atlanta” Cyclorama, she rolled her eyes in disbelief. The colossal 133-year-old panoramic painting of the Civil War ...

Commonwealth's attorney candidates spar over criminal justice reform  Fairfaxtimes.comFor the first time since his initial election in 2007, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh has a challenger.

Prison inmates, parolees may soon be able to vote in CT  CTPostHARTFORD — Instead of sponsoring separate legislation, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven and Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, have teamed up to get behind a ...

Week in Politics: Fired up about medical weed  Pensacola News JournalGov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure that did away with Florida's ban on smokable medical marijuana.

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

House Piles Up Exceptions and Controversies to Automatic Restoration of Felons' Voting Rights | FlaglerLive  FlaglerLive.comHouse proposals would broaden the definition of sex offenses that would keep a felon from regaining the right to vote and would add a slew of financial ...

House advances amended bias bill | Indiana | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal GazetteIndiana is one of five states without an explicit hate crimes law.

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistTHE MID-TERM elections in Florida featured some momentous races, including razor's-edge counts in the Senate and governor's contests.

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement condemns arrests of Journalists and human rights activists  Bulawayo24 NewsIn recent news, 1893MRM learnt with shock, the arrest of the owner and founder of Cite, Zenzele Ndebele as well as colleagues in his company, that included ...

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

Northam announces voting rights restoration to 10K convicted felons  WHSVMore than 10000 people have had their right to vote restored since Gov. Ralph Northam took office, the governor announced Tuesday.

40 Florida Ex-Felons Get Civil Rights Restored At Clemency Board Meeting  WUFTForty ex-felons had their civil rights restored at Florida's Executive Clemency Board meeting Thursday. It was the first Executive Clemency Board meeting to ...

Democrat Sen. Manchin opposes LGBT non-discrimination bill over transgender issues  The Christian PostWest Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin broke with his party and spoke out against the Equality Act, saying the pro-LGBT legislation does not give enough ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

'A joyous day' ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

Facebook stored millions of passwords in plain text  Clarksville NowSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook had stored millions of user passwords in plain text for years, the social media company confirmed on Thursday after a ...

Florida Amendment 4: midterm election voters decide on ex-felons’ right to vote  Vox.comAmendment 4 will let Florida voters restore voting rights for ex-felons.

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Bradenton HeraldAmendment 4 on the Election 2018 ballot in Florida would restore voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences. It would not apply to people ...

Restore felons' voting rights, Florida. It's smart justice | Opinion  Sun SentinelAmendment 4, the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” will save Florida taxpayers money and give felons a second chance. Florida residents should vote "Yes" in ...

Felons can get advice on restoring civil rights at free Tucson clinic  Arizona Daily StarProfessionals will offer advice on restoring rights, setting aside convictions.

Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe's Felon Voting Rights Restoration  Community Idea StationsGovernor Ralph Northam has restored voting rights to ex-felons at a slower clip than his predecessor, a shift his office attributes to a clearing out of old requests ...

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesDespite hedging from Florida's Republican leaders, an amendment that allows eligible former felons to register to vote will go into effect on Tuesday, Tampa Bay ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

OPINION EXCHANGE | Earlier restoration of felons' right to vote would be wrong  Star TribuneA push to let such offenders regain the right while still on parole or probation focuses more on what is seen as good for them than on the rights of law-abiding ...

Florida’s Amendment 4 Would Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People  The InterceptOn Tuesday voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to 1.4 million of Florida's 1.68 million convicted felons.

Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines  WTKR News 3For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

Editorial: Gov. Rick Scott’s clemency process should be criminal  Pensacola News JournalFlorida's system for voting rights restoration isn't just legally wrong. It's rigged to be racially and morally unjust.

Ruling Clarifies That Some White-Collar Felons Can Possess A Firearm  ForbesMost people assume that white collar offenders, like many other federal offenders, cannot possess a firearm as a result of a conviction. A new ruling brings to ...

Seidman: Anticipated roadblocks on the route to restoration of felons voting rights  Sarasota Herald-TribuneJust hours after county election supervisors meeting this week in Sarasota asked for a directive from the state on how to implement Amendment 4 — the recently ...

Understanding felon voting rights restoration  PolitiFactWhen felons leave prison, should they regain the right to vote? That's a question that many states have grappled with in recent decades. New York and Florida ...

Minnesota felons ask lawmakers for voting rights restoration  KMSP-TVConvicted Minnesota felons are asking state lawmakers to restore voting rights for previously incarcerated people, but a bill that's moving in the House faces a ...

Amendment 4 will give felons their lives back, and save the rest of us money  Miami HeraldFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and a second ...

Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration  WREG NewsChannel 3Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

Convicted felon advocates for restoration of civil rights  Wink NewsShould convicted felons' civil rights be restored? Neil Volz, of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition was convicted of conspiracy as part of the Jack Ambramoff ...

Advocates Fight to Restore Voting Rights to Those With Felonies  Arizona Public MediaManny Mejias served 20 years in prison and is now a re-entry coordinator for the Pima County's Criminal Justice Reform Unit. (PHOTO: Candace Manriquez ...

No One Seems To Know How Amendment 4 Will Be Implemented To Restore Felon's Right To Vote  WLRNWith its passage on November 6, Amendment 4 granted over a million felons across the state the right to vote.

Free, weekly legal defense clinics give convicted felons a second chance  Arizona Daily StarThe Pima County Public Defender's Office is hosting free, weekly legal defense clinics, giving convicted felons a second chance at a *fresh* start.

Felons\' Voting Rights Restoration Should Be Delayed, Says Florida Governor-Elect  GoverningRon DeSantis said the amendment, which would restore voting rights for most ex-felons who have served their sentences, should take effect after state ...

Groups, Republican lawmakers seek to restore voting rights for Tennesseans with felony convictions  Chattanooga Times Free PressIn a state where an estimated 323354 felons have completed their criminal sentences, two Republican lawmakers and a coalition of groups are pressing a bill to ...

Should Iowa restore voting rights to 52,000 felons? Advisory board says yes.  Des Moines RegisterIowa felon voter rights should be restored, a legislative advisory board recommended Wednesday.

Florida to Gain 1.4 Million Voters if Felon Measure Passes  The Wall Street JournalMIAMI—Florida voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to restore voting rights for an estimated 1.4 million people with felony records, and supporters of the measure ...

Desmond Meade helps restore voting rights to millions of ex-felons across Florida | Central Floridian of the Year finalist  Orlando SentinelGenerally speaking, the most compelling parts of a story are the beginning and the end. But Desmond Meade, the Orlando resident-turned-social activist, has a ...

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians  Mother JonesOn a muggy August day in 2005, Desmond Meade stood in front of the railroad tracks north of downtown Miami and prepared to take his life. He'd been released ...

White Republican felons fare better when Rick Scott restores voting rights  Orlando SentinelWhite, Republican felons fare better under Rick Scott's voting-restoration, but politicians shouldn't even be involved. (See: Amendment 4)

Florida Has Been Stealing Votes From Black People Since the Civil War. That Could Change in November.  The InterceptOne in 10 eligible voters in Florida are effectively disenfranchised, thanks to a draconian law that bars former felons from voting and a broken clemency system.

Amendment 4 gives felons a second chance and saves Florida money | Opinion  Florida TodayData proves that the vast majority of felons who get their voting and other civil rights back do not commit new crimes.

Amendment 4 questions stump Florida legislators  Tallahassee.comLawmakers stumbled on the Amendment's language about the legal definition of murder and what constitutes the completion of a sentence before the ...

Vanita Gupta Emphasizes Voting Rights in Testimony on Democracy Reform  Civilrights.orgJanuary 29, 2019. For Immediate Release Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org. WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of ...

Price tag for restricting felons' rights after prison put at $385 million a year  Bradenton HeraldThe restrictive policy imposed by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet costs the state in lost revenue, wage growth, and increased prison costs, a new report ...

Amendment 4 has passed in Florida and the implementation questions start  Amsterdam NewsThere are an estimated 1.5 million plus Floridians who are formerly convicted felons without civil rights, including the ability to vote,” said Renata Sago of the ...

How Iowa can fix its 'anti-democratic' felon voter ban? Critics say end it; governor willing to listen  Des Moines RegisterThere is a proven fix for Iowa's felon voting ban that has mistakenly rejected the ballots of law-abiding Iowans: Let felons vote once they've served their time, ...

Nevada laws on ‘pink tax,’ felons’ rights take effect Tuesday  Las Vegas Review-JournalTwo new laws take effect in Nevada on Tuesday: the voter-approved “pink tax” exemption for feminine hygiene products and a bill from the 2017 Legislature ...

Unpaid Court Fees Could Throw A Wrench Into Restoration Of Voting Rights For Felons In Florida  WLRNWith Amendment 4 going into effect in less than a week, there are parts of the process of restoring the voting rights for convicted felons that appear to.

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida  Tampabay.comAfter U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Florida's process for restoring felons' civil rights was unconstitutional in early February, he allowed me to file a friend ...

In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians  Orlando SentinelLast month, while trying to decide whether to restore a Florida man's right to vote — a right the man lost when convicted of a crime more than a decade ago ...

Group Works to Help Some Nevada Felons Regain Voting Rights  U.S. News & World ReportLAS VEGAS (AP) — A new organization is encouraging Nevada felons who can regain the right to vote to make sure they're registered in time to vote for the ...

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Palm Beach PostThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years, The Post found. Howard Lee Lockett brought his ...

Tennessee Republicans, ACLU join forces to help more felons regain right to vote  The TennesseanTwo Republican lawmakers, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, are setting out to make it simpler for people with felony convictions to regain ...

Leadership Conference Priorities for the 116th Congress  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this document here. Dear Senator/Representative,. On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by ...

A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act | TheHill  The HillMyrna Pérez says as we mark the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its landmark guarantees of free and fair elections have dimmed.

Felon voting rights restoration clears Iowa House subcommittee  Radio IowaThree members of the Iowa House have just voted to advance a plan to automatically restore voting rights to felons who've completed their sentences. “The first ...

Felon rights restoration leader sees impending election as countdown to ending 'Jim Crow' policy  Florida PoliticsDuring a ceremony honoring the newly unveiled Civil Rights Institute at Florida State University, Desmond Meade, activist and spokesperson for the push to ...

Court questions if felons' voting rights fight is moot  Pensacola News JournalTALLAHASSEE --- After Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a ...

Floridians Voted to Restore Ex-Felons' Voting Rights. But the Legislature Has a History of Ignoring Voters.  Mother JonesIn November, more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to amend the state constitution to restore voting rights to ex-felons who had completed their ...

Not so fast? Too bad — voters have spoken | Opinion  Tallahassee.comAmendment 4 calls for an automatic restoration of voting rights for people charged with felonies who have served their time.

Why thousands of Virginians will not be allowed to vote Tuesday  WTVR CBS 6 NewsRICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of Virginians will not be voting in the congressional midterm elections on Tuesday, not because they're not interested in politics, ...

Voters kill remnants of Jim Crow in Florida and Louisiana  NBC NewsA long overdue reckoning with America's post-slavery subjugation of black people unfolded in Florida and Louisiana on Tuesday, as voters threw out vestiges of ...

Do Republicans think we’re stupid? Floridians want ex-felons to vote.  Miami HeraldWelcome to yet another Florida episode of politicians thwarting the voters' will.

Cotterell: Economic study supports ex-con rights restoration  Tallahassee.comBasically, forbidding released prisoners to register and vote has an economic impact of about a million dollars a day.