Felons’ rights initiative tops $1.1 million in November

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE – Continuing a petition drive to get on the November 2018 ballot, backers of a proposed felons’ rights constitutional amendment raised more than $1.1 million last month.

The political committee Floridians for a Fair Democracy brought in $1,158,703 during the month and had raised an overall total of $4,073,395, according to a newly posted report on the state Division of Elections website. Last month’s total included $800,000 in contributions from Laurie Michaels, a Fort Worth, Texas, psychologist.

Floridians for a Fair Democracy is proposing a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for all nonviolent felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution. Felons convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, would not be eligible.

The committee needs to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to get the measure on the 2018 ballot and had submitted 495,455 as of Dec. 12, according to the Division of Elections.

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