What’s on the Ballot?

As November 6th gets closer and closer, Quibbl writers are asking about the ballot measures that are on everyone’s minds. What will Florida voters decide about their felons? Will Michigan and Utah change their legislative district boundaries? Predict correctly and move up Quibbl’s #Elections Leaderboard. 

By Toria Fidler

The thing that every Floridian is talking about besides the gubernatorial race…

Florida’s Amendment 4 is the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative. The amendment would automatically restore the right to vote for citizens with prior felony convictions, but only upon the completion of their sentences. This would not, however, include felons convicted of murder or sexual offense. At the moment, it would take a state officer or board to restore a felon’s voting rights.

In other voting rights news…

Arkansas Issue 2, the Voter ID Amendment, would require individuals to present a valid photo ID to cast non-provisional ballots. Non-provisional ballots are those that are not counted unless and/or until validity is provided. A ‘yes’ on this issue would allow the state legislature to define what counts as a valid photographic identification but would also require them to provide voters with photo ID free of charge.

Utah and Michigan had the same idea…

Utah’s Proposition 4, the Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative, would create a seven-member independent redistricting commission who would be able to draft Congress and state legislature district maps, a power which currently lies with the Utah State Legislature. This seven-member commission would be appointed by the governor and state legislative leaders and would still have to put maps through an approval process via the legislature.

Michigan’s 2018 ballot includes Proposal 2, The Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative. A ‘yes’ vote would mean the transfer of power to an independent redistricting commission. This 13-member group would be able to draw new congressional and state legislative district boundaries, a power the governor currently holds. This commission would include four Republicans, four Democrats, and five independent or third-party representatives.

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