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As Florida's former felons secure the right to vote, those in the prison system face barriers

November 9, 2018

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A big step forward in an even bigger year of change, Florida voters during Tuesday’s midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of felonies. However, those still in the prison system are often uanware of their rights as voters. Speaking with The Atlantic on November 4, Sociology Professor Chris Uggen says that "because the jail population skews younger, many detainees have never cast a ballot before and are unfamiliar with the regular voting system, much less what’s available to them inside". To learn more about the issues facing voters in the prison system, read "Getting Out the Vote From the County Jail".

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