“Opponents say Florida’s restrictive felony disenfranchisement laws can be traced back to the end of the civil war and are linked to racial discrimination. The state, then an ex-confederate one, rejected the 14th amendment to the US constitution in 1868, adding a provision that banned male citizens with felony convictions from voting, targeting African Americans through the ‘black code’, a list of crimes that designated even ‘disrespect to an employer’ as a felony.”
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