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Ron DeSantis is slow-walking restoration of voting rights in Florida

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Florida’s Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (R) is trying to undermine one of the most momentous progressive wins of the midterm election, after an estimated 1.4 million people had the right to vote restored when Amendment 4 passed last month. Nearly 65 percent of voters in the state approved the measure.

The amendment itself was simple: People convicted of a felony would have their voting rights restored after completing the terms of their sentence. The only exception would be for people convicted of murder or felony sexual assault.

But DeSantis told the Palm Beach Post late Wednesday that the measure shouldn’t go into effect as envisioned by the 5.2 million Floridians who voted for it. First, he said, the state’s lawmakers should pass “implementing language” in a separate bill that would require his signature before going into effect.

Florida’s legislature doesn’t meet for two months after Amendment 4’s scheduled implementation date, January 8 of next year.

“They’re going to be able to do that in March,” DeSantis said of passing implementation language. “There’s no way you can go through this session without implementing it.”

Howard Simon, the ACLU’s former executive director who helped draft Amendment 4, told the Tampa Bay Times that DeSantis is deliberately misreading the........

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