Florida voting rights organization to hand out 1 million face masks ahead of general election to keep voters safe

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition plans to hand out 1 million masks at polling locations across the state before the November general election.

Officials with the organization said they are hoping that handing out the masks will encourage more people to vote while staying safe.

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The masks will be handed out at early voting sites on and before Oct. 24.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has fought for many years to ensure voting rights for convicted felons.

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“We’ve waited over 150 years in Florida for people with felony convictions to have clear access to democracy and because of amendment 4 we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate and show the world that we are desiring, we are encouraging our folks to participate in elections to have our voices heard,” said Desmond Meade with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

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Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.