Good News Stories From the Midterm Elections

by Rebecca Álvarez


Across the nation, voters are deciding to fix what has been broken in our democracy.

In Florida, the Voting Rights Amendment restored the right to vote to ex-felons (except those convicted of murder or sex crimes). The pre-existing law stripping suffrage from these people was originally enacted to oppress African Americans during the Jim Crow era. The number of potential voters affected by this is between 840,000 and 1.4 million people. For a comparison, 840,000 is more people than the entire state populations of Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, or Wyoming!

Voters successfully addressed the pervasive issue of gerrymandering in many states.
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