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Amendment 4—a Florida referendum restoring voting rights to former felons—passed in 2018 with 65% of the vote, paving the way for an additional 1.4 million voters in the swing state.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis immediately took steps to undermine the public will by signing into law a bill that would only restore voting rights to felons who fully pay all fees and fines imposed after leaving prison.

Under Florida law, court debts left unpaid after three months are referred to private debt collectors, who can then tack on a surcharge of up to 40%.

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Gerrymandering—the practice of deceptively drawing congressional districts to give one party an electoral advantage—has plagued American democracy for over a century. Boundaries are drawn illogically for the sole purpose of including voters of one party in order to give that district a partisan hold.

In the United States, the unethical practice has largely benefitted Republicans. Just last month, the majority Republican-appointed Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can't intervene with partisan gerrymandering at the state level, despite gerrymandering producing an overwhelming amount of Republican state legislatures.

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Bernie Sanders has campaigned long and hard for incarcerated criminals to have the right to vote. Sanders took a tongue-in-cheek shot at Trump in his latest op-ed, saying that even felons like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen deserve the right to vote.

Sanders has come under fire recently for his comments advocating voting rights for the incarcerated. He believes that every American over the age of 18 deserves the right to help shape our democracy - and that includes incarcerated felons.

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