Approximately 1.4 million people are now eligible to vote in future elections in Florida, an important battleground state.
“We are encouraging our members to celebrate,” Desmond Meade, president of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which helped register people online and at local election supervisors’ office, told CBS News. “Our members are going into the supervisor of elections with their loved ones. And that is very key— with their loved ones— because we really want to highlight that concept of love.”
During last year’s midterm elections, 65 percent of Florida voters decided that felons who completed their sentences and weren’t convicted of murder or sex offenses would be able to have their voting rights restored.
Over 418,000 Black people, who are most affected by the change, will be able to cast their ballots, per Vox.
An emotional Robert Eckford, who filled out a voter registration form in Orlando, told CBS News that the amendment taking effect means he’ll “be a human being again. I’ll be an American citizen again.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.