I concede that, at first blush, the above question might seem strange. After all, didn’t Republican Ron DeSantis defeat Democrat Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s new Governor? And isn’t Republican Rick Scott ahead of Democrat Bill Nelson for Florida’s senate seat?
But another vote also took place yesterday: Amendment 4.
By passing Amendment 4, Florida voters reinstated voting rights for convicted felons.
How significant is this?
Well, how about the fact that passage of this amendment reinstates voting rights for 1.5 million convicted felons? And that a highly disproportionate percentage of these convicted felons are Black, which, according to historic voting patterns, makes almost all of them Democrats?
Currently, Republicans can win state elections in Florida. But has demonstrated just yesterday, the votes are almost always close. Adding 1.5 million convicted felons to the voting rolls will make such victories long shots at best. And that, obviously, goes for Floida’s electoral vote in presidential years as well.
Simply stated, I can make a serious case that the vote on Amendment 4 is the single most significant outcome of yesterday’s entire nationwide election. Because it almost certainly has turned a reddish-purple state into a blue one
Incoming Governor DeSantis might want to think about how he can address this issue during his years in Tallahassee.