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High-Stakes Trial over Voting Rights in Florida Nears Conclusion

Expand Returning citizen Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, registers to vote. © John Raoux/AP Photo By Alison Leal Parker In November 2018, Floridians struck a major blow against discriminatory voting laws when they went to the ballot box. They approved Amendment 4 in an overwhelming majority, restoring the voting rights of most people in the state with felony convictions. It was an important step toward realizing the American ideal of free and fair elections. The victory proved to be short-lived. Soon after the vote, the Florida legislature passed…

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