All U.S. states except for ME and Vermont bar felons from voting while they are incarcerated, but most restore that right when the inmate is released or following a period of parole or probation. Amendment 4 was one of 13 ballot initiatives that Floridians considered this year, but it has received the most national attention, as it enfranchises the largest population in USA history since women's suffrage. Those who committed sexual offenses or murder are excluded from having their ability to vote restored.
"'Kol hakavod' to the Reform Jewish communities in Florida - and across the USA - who organized and mobilized to make this happen", the national Religious Action Center said on Twitter, using the Hebrew term for "well done".
Also known as the "Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees" amendment, it's one of a dozen amendments on the statewide General Election ballot.
A spokesman for Republican Governor Rick Scott said at the time that Florida's process for restoring voting rights to felons had been in place for decades and adhered to U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Scott boasted in Clemency Board meetings, where he presided alongside the three state Cabinet members, that "there's absolutely no standards so we can make any decisions we want".
The amendment, which had more than 71 percent of the vote, requires Florida voters to approve any expansion of gambling in Florida.
"For too long, Florida has been an extreme outlier", concluded ACLU of Florida executive director Howard Simon.
What's going on: The Sunshine State has been turning heads with what has been labeled by some as this year's "most bizarre" ballot initiative.
Per usual, the key races in Florida are nail biters.
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.
Throughout the campaign, the ballot measure gained star-studded support from the likes of "Orange Is The New Black" author Piper Chapman, John Legend, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, NFL stars like Warrick Dunn and even the Koch-backed Freedom Partners.
Supporters of the amendment said the current system was too strict. "We brought together people through all walks of life and all backgrounds to come together and say when a debt is paid, it's paid".
Previously, formerly incarcerated Floridians had to wait five years after their release, then apply for clemency from the governor's office.