Felons' rights initiative tops 100,000 signatures


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Trying to reach the November 2018 ballot, supporters of a felons' rights initiative have topped 100,000 petition signatures, according to information posted on the state Division of Elections website.

The political committee Floridians for a Fair Democracy had submitted 108,674 valid signatures to the state as of early Thursday afternoon.

The committee will need to submit 766,200 signatures to get the proposed constitutional amendment on next year's ballot.

The initiative, if approved, 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.