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Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY7)

The result could potentially change future presidential election outcomes in Florida, which is almost always one of the closest states.

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Among the most important swing states for presidential elections, Florida banned felons from voting for the rest of their lives, even after their prison sentences and probations were completed. The law had been created in the wake of the Civil War, with the primary aim of disenfranchising newly-eligible Black voters.

A century and a half later, in 2018, this policy was repealed by Florida voters with 65 percent support. Starting in 2020, it seemed, more than one million Florida ex-felons would gain voting rights. …

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