Activist who led felon voting rights amendment celebrates new rights restored

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote is celebrating after getting a big surprise on Saturday.

Desmond Meade is the head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and under a new state process now has had more of his civil right restored.


Meade took to Twitter on Saturday after his family handed him his letter of clemency from the State of Florida.

Meade announced that he can now run for office, serve on a jury and even take the bar exam to become a lawyer.

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As the head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Meade spearheaded the successful 2018 effort to enact a voter-approved constitutional amendment restoring felon voting rights after their sentences are complete.

Meade, who was visibly moved during the video, said he can finally start living his dream.

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Meade has tried and failed several times to get a pardon from the governor.

The voter-approved law has also had a bumpy start after Republican lawmakers passed new laws that require felons to pay all their legal debts before having their rights restored.

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