Voters Approve Major Changes To Redistricting And Other Voting Laws

Tuesday's elections were seen as a referendum on Trump

The amendment, which passed Tuesday night with 64% of the vote, restores voting rights for people convicted of felonies as long as they have completed their sentences, though it excludes people convicted of murder or felony sex offenses.

There are just 17 greyhound tracks left in the United States, and Florida is now home to 11 of them. There are two amendments because redistricting unfolds in Colorado on two fronts: congressional districts and state legislative districts.

Approval of the amendment ends Florida's outlier status as the state with the most people permanently barred from voting - only two other states ban felons from the polls for life.

More than a million felons in Florida will soon have the right to vote, thanks to Amendment 4, but there are questions about how it will work.

"[The measure] would eliminate the constitutional right of local citizens to govern their sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and the management of county finances", the Florida Association of Counties said in statement. You think about 1.4 million people who have been denied the right, even though they have done everything they can. Almost all states allow felons to vote after completing their sentences. "Some states are making efforts to close the ballot box".

Instead, a new, nonpartisan state demographer will propose maps that a bipartisan commission will then vote on.

Arkansas approved Issue 2, which will require individuals to present a valid photo ID to cast non-provisional ballots in person or absentee. The law will have an outsize effect on the African-American population, who are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than any other group.

Studies have shown disenfranchisement tends to take more votes from Democratic candidates.

Those provisions of the law were struck down in July 2016 by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court refused to revive it past year.

The ballot initiative for Amendment 4 to Florida's Constitution could majorly affect future elections in the swing state, which has been known for its very tight voting outcomes.

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump won the state over Hillary Clinton by 112,911 votes, or 1.2 percent of the total. Currently, the constitution reads that "every citizen" of the USA can vote, according to Ballotpedia.

Michigan approved Proposal 3, which includes a number of changes to the Michigan Constitution creating various new voting policies, including straight-ticket voting, automatic voter registration upon driver's license application or renewal, no-excuse absentee voting, and same-day voter registration. With 17 percent of ballots reporting, the measure led 53 percent to 47 percent.

This Utah proposal, which is now tied 50 percent to 50 percent with 73 percent of ballots reporting, would create an independent commission appointed by the governor and legislative commission to draw Utah's congressional and legislative boundaries after the census every 10 years.

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