Gov. Northam Announces Civil Rights Restored to Over 10000 Virginians  NBC 29 NewsGovernor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3Virginia governor’s civil rights restoration efforts are underwhelming, activists say  ThinkProgressGovernor Ralph Northam: About 11,000 previously convicted Virginians have civil rights restored  13newsnow.com WVECGov. Northam: Rights restored to nearly 11,000 Virginians since taking office  8NewsView full coverage on Google News

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 ...

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 ...

Tennessee Considers Easing Felon Voting Rights Restoration  U.S. News & World ReportNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

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 ...

Virginia: State Senate passes voting-rights bills  Augusta Free PressSenate Democrats celebrated an expansion of voting rights as SB1026 passed both the House of Delegates and Senate.

In Montgomery, Ala., restoration and reconciliation are in full swing — and a Sudbury native is at the center of it  The Boston GlobeSarah Beatty Buller could see on her first visit to Montgomery that the historically rich and important city needed some love. So she and her husband purchased ...

Desmond Meade helps restore voting rights to millions of ex-felons across Florida | Central Floridian of the Year finalist  Orlando SentinelDesmond Meade is a finalist for the Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridian of the Year. Meade is the leader of the Amendment 4 movement which granted voting ...

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 ...

Groups seek to restore voting rights to Tennesseans with felony convictions  pridepublishinggroup.comTennessee is one of only 12 states that currently prohibits people with felony convictions getting their rights restored or has a process in place that is so ...

Panel OKs Iowa governor's bill to restore felon voting rights  KSFYDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposal to restore voting rights to felons after they've served their sentences has passed its first legislative hurdle ...

Fighting for the right: Stanford man joins suit suing Bevin over voter reinstatement process - The Advocate-Messenger  Danville AdvocateFour Kentuckians have sued Gov. Matt Bevin over the state's arbitrary process for restoring voting rights to former felons. Bevin's office has called the lawsuit an ...

The restoration of felon voting rights must not be held up by politics | Editorial  NJ.comHere is a grim New Jersey fact that makes you question how much we've evolved since Hackensack was a prairie: Since 1844, state law has deprived a sizable ...

Iowa is on the wrong side of history: Amend state constitution to restore ex-felon voting rights  Des Moines RegisterThe Register's editorial: We endorse the proposed constitutional amendment to restore the vote to ex-felons and call on Iowa lawmakers to support it.

Emmett Till's Murder, and How America Remembers Its Darkest Moments  New York TimesHe walked into a store and it changed civil rights. That crumbling store has come to symbolize the struggle to address the nation's racial violence.

Diverse coalition backs easier restoration of felon voting rights  The Daily MemphianMatthew Charles admits he made a lot of bad moves in the early 1990s, decisions that led to more than two decades in jail for felony cocaine trafficking ...

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 ...

Voting Rights - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  Civilrights.orgVoting is the language of American democracy. The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact ...

The Latest: Georgia voting problems highlighted at hearing  week.comATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a congressional field hearing in Atlanta on voting problems (all times local): ___ 5:05 p.m. Those testifying at a.

Too many Tennesseans are disenfranchised. They don't have money, they can't vote and that's not right. | Opinion  The TennesseanDenying the right to vote to people who have served their time and are trying to get back on their feet serves no public safety interest.

DUP leader warns Sinn Fein that restoration of devolution is 'no game'  Impartial ReporterArlene Foster has warned Sinn Fein that the restoration of devolution is “no game”.

Features: BVU celebrates Black History Month (2/22/19)  Pilot TribuneYou may know that February is Black History Month, but do you know why it's Black History Month? Or why it's celebrated annually? If you didn't, you're not alone ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Over 1 million Florida felons just had their voting rights restored  MarketWatchFelons who have done their time and completed the terms of their probation and parole, will now be allowed to vote, with some exceptions.

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

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.

Black voters propelled Phil Murphy to office in 2017. Now, they're pushing for change  NorthJersey.comIn NJ, 94 percent of black voters backed Phil Murphy for governor. Now, they're calling for reforms.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

South Carolina foster care providers can reject people who don't share their religious beliefs  CNNFederally funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina can refuse to perform services that conflict with their religious beliefs, the US Department of Health ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

Convicted felons in Arizona have tough time getting voting rights back  Tucson News NowA person convicted of a felony loses a lot more than just their freedom. Depending on the state they live in, some have to fight to regain their right to vote after ...

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.

Editorial: Gov. Rick Scott’s clemency process should be criminal  Pensacola News JournalHBO talk show host John Oliver may be known as a comedian, but his recent report on Florida's Jim Crow-era culture of felon disenfranchisement was more ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Evacuated Due to Bomb Scare  ArtforumThe State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg was evacuated on Thursday, February 21, after it received an emailed bomb threat. A museum spokesperson ...

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 ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's open to automatically restoring felon voting rights in Iowa  Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday raised the possibility of automatically restoring voting rights to felons, a move that could affect at least 52,000 disenfranchised ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Restoration of felon voting rights march to culminate with rally at Capitol Thursday  Tallahassee.comHundreds of millennials are expected to join religious and civil rights leaders in a march and rally on the state Capitol Thursday to support the restoration of ...

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 ...

Judge orders Gov. Scott, Cabinet to create system to restore felons’ voting rights  Miami HeraldA judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida's “fatally flawed” system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to ...

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.

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 Restored Voting Rights to Felons … Is Iowa Next?  WHO TV Des MoinesDES MOINES, Iowa -- Civil rights advocates say this could be the year Iowa felons get their voting rights back. Iowa is now only one of two states that ban felons ...

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)

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 ...

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 ...

Joel Feinman: Pima County to hold rights restoration clinics  Arizona Daily StarFor people convicted of a felony, punishment doesn't really ended when they leave prison.

Elections Supervisors Seek Answers On Restoration Of Felon's Voting Rights  WLRNFlorida officials don't have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of ...

Advocates: Delays in restoring felons voting rights unacceptable  Daytona Beach News-JournalCome Jan. 8, Edward Barnes and 1.4 million other Floridians become eligible once again to register to vote.Although Amendment 4, restoring felons' voting ...

Restoration of Vote to Ex-Cons Likely to Influence Outcomes in Florida  Courthouse News Service(CN) – A Florida ballot initiative to restore voting rights to most felons who have served their time ended 150 years of voter disenfranchisement and will ...

Amendment 4: Restores felons' rights  WESH 2 OrlandoNext week's election could be a game changer for millions of Floridians who, at some point, have been convicted of a felony but have since returned to society.

Another Opinion: This fall, restore felons right to vote  Daily CommercialMany supporters, myself included, of Amendment 4 (Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative), for felons who have served their sentences, were deeply ...

Florida ballot measure looks to restore felon voting rights  Fox NewsMore than 1.5 million Florida residents are barred from voting in state elections for the rest of their lives, because of a tough law that permanently revokes voting ...

Leadership Conference Priorities for the 116th Congress - The  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 ...

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.

Leon elections supervisor, others throughout state, to start registering ex-felons  Tallahassee.comUnless a judge orders otherwise, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley will begin to register formerly convicted non-violent felons on Jan. 8, the day ...

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 ...

Florida Felon Takes Lead in Fight to Restore Voting Rights  VOA NewsIn 2004, Desmond Meade, while serving a 15-year prison sentence for a drug offense in Florida, got a break. An appeals court returned his conviction to the ...

Congress overrides Reagan civil rights veto, March 22, 1988  PoliticoOn this day in 1988, the House, following the Senate's lead, overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. The legislation ...

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 ...

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 ...

Florida's fight for Amendment 4 is a personal crusade for many seeking right to vote  Orlando SentinelWith Amendment 4, Florida residents could see a change in the state's constitution if at least 60 percent of citizens vote yes on measure, which would ...

Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court  Tampabay.comGov. Rick Scott and Florida's three elected Cabinet members Friday mounted a new legal defense of the state's 150-year-old system for restoring the voting ...

Florida felons may soon have voting rights restored  Tallahassee.comWhy wouldn't the governor and Cabinet appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's rulings that Florida's clemency/civil rights/voting eligibility restoration process ...

In Florida, Long Fight for Restored Vote Often Ends in Minutes  Courthouse News ServiceThis is the third installment of a four-part series on the effort overturn a 150-year old law in Florida that strips felons of their voting rights for life. A proposal that ...

ACLU chief Howard Simon leaves on the ‘highest note’ — restoring felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldOutgoing ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon is retiring after more than two decades of advocacy for Florida's disenfranchised felons, same-sex couples, ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsDuring a ceremony honoring the newly unveiled Civil Rights Institute at Florida State University, Desmond Meade, activist and spokesperson for the push to ...

The case against Amendment 4 on felon voting rights | Opinion  Tallahassee.comThe problem with Amendment 4 is that it perpetuates the discrimination of disenfranchisement against a subclass of ex-felons.

Manatee County man becomes leading advocate for restoring felons voting rights  Sarasota Herald-TribuneDemetrius Jifunza was a 17-year-old student heading into his senior year at Bradenton's Southeast High School when he participated in an armed robbery of a ...

Voting rights restored, Memphis man aims to educate others about disenfranchisement  The Commercial AppealWhen Kontar Macklin was released from prison, voting wasn't at the top of his to-do list. But, thanks to his support system, his voting rights have been restored.

Federal court questions whether Florida fight over former felons' voting rights is now moot  Orlando WeeklyAfter Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a high-profile...

Bombing suspect is registered to vote in Miami-Dade, voted in August GOP primary, 2016 election  Tampa Bay TimesCesar Sayoc, identified by law enforcement officials as the bombing suspect Friday, is a registered Republican voter in Miami-Dade County and he cast a ballot ...

Convicted felons can seek legal advice at no cost with public defenders  KGUNA team of county public defenders guided convicted felons through a process to restore civil rights. A free legal clinic at the at the Primavera Training Center ...

Rick Scott restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons as black felons  Orlando WeeklyDuring his time in office, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons compared to black former felons, ...

Rally calls for restoring Florida felons' rights after court defeat  Orlando WeeklyA day after a stinging defeat handed down by an appeals court, ministers and civil rights leaders —- including national talk-show host Al Sharpton —- rallied ...

After getting his own pardon, Gainesville man helps others restore their rights  Gainesville TimesRecently sober, and after seeing his daughter at Duke University, Earnest Mason knew he needed to make a change in 2000 to expand his opportunities.

State fights ruling on rights restoration  Tallahassee.comThe state continued battling a judge's ruling that would require it to overhaul the controversial process for restoring ex-felons' voting rights.

Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons  WGMEMIAMI (AP) — Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 ...

Florida’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE –For only the third time this year — but this time under a withering national media glare — Florida's highest elected officials sat in judgment ...