An under-the-radar result in a key swing state could be bad news for Trump in 2020
Republicans rode President Trump’s coattails to increase their majority in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats won the House, but hardly had the blue wave they were predicting on election night.
But this under-the-radar result in Florida could be bad news for Trump in 2020.
In Florida, Trump-backed Ron DeSantis defeated Socialist Andrew Gillum to win the governorship.
Republican Rick Scott also defeated three-term Democrat incumbent Senator Bill Nelson.
But also on the Florida ballot was an amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for felons.
Florida voters approved the amendment, which could restore voting rights to more than 1 million felons – no questions asked.
Florida has approved an amendment that will automatically restore voting rights to more than a million people previously convicted of felonies.
Felons who finish their full sentences, including fines, probation and parole, will now be allowed to vote in the state. The new law does not apply to anyone convicted of murder or sex offenses.
Florida’s Amendment 4 passed Tuesday after exceeding the 60% threshold required to become a law.
“Over 60% of Florida voters took a stand for fairness and voting rights, and to remove an ugly stain that has been in our state’s constitution since the Civil War era,” ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon said in a statement.
Democratic Party officials are cheering.
In 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by less than 120,000 votes in Florida.
This new amendment instantly adds 1 million voters to the roles – enough to wipe that margin out completely.
With 29 electoral votes, whoever wins Florida will have a clear path to victory in 2020.