Now, everyone convicted of a felony - except murder and felony sex crimes - who has completed all conditions of their sentence, such as serving prison time, completing parole or paying restitution, will automatically regain the right to vote. "In the days and weeks ahead we will seek to work with newly elected Governor to ensure that Amendment 4 is implemented as intended by the Floridians who placed it on the ballot and voted to approve it-without delay and without imposing more burdens on the process to register to vote".
"'Kol hakavod' to the Reform Jewish communities in Florida - and across the US - who organized and mobilized to make this happen", the national Religious Action Center said on Twitter, using the Hebrew term for "well done".
The voters apparently listened, passing Amendment 4, and re-enfranchising some 1.4 million potential voters.
A number of major Jewish philanthropists contributed to the campaign, including George Soros, Seth Klarman and Stacy Schusterman.
While many voters on the left side of the spectrum are having mixed feelings about some of the midterm turnouts, voters in Florida made history voting in a progressive piece of legislation known as Amendment 4. In April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo restored the voting rights of an estimated 24,000 people who are now on probation or parole. He also serves as the Executive Director of Florida Restoration Rights Coalition, the grassroots organization responsible for collecting Amendment 4 petitions.
Within a year, more than 100,000 ex-felons were granted voting rights. It required felons to wait at least five years after completing their sentence before they could file a request with the governor and Cabinet.
In March, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an injunction for Scott to initiate a new clemency system to restore felons' voter rights by April.
Virginia, Iowa and Kentucky remain the only states with permanent disenfranchisement policies on the books.
"Ultimately, we are citizens, we are in the community, we do want to have a say-I know I do-and this is a great way to have that opportunity", says Bryan Russi, 42, of Orlando, an ex-felon and current real estate agent.
Of those large numbers, African-Americans largely benefit from the measure due to the fact they numerically make up the most convicted felons in the country.
This article has been updated with comment from Volz.