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John Legend Has Been Advocating For Felons To Regain The Right To Vote




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John Legend has been lending his time to supporting felons regaining their voting rights. The “Ordinary People” singer was present during a ceremony in a Miami-Dade County courtroom on Friday (Nov. 8) where 18 felons were granted the right to vote again, FOX reports.

“I wanted to be here today because it’s a celebration,” Legend said. “It’s so beautiful to see. So many people take it for granted, this right to vote. When you lose it, it makes you realize how important it is. It just shows you how important democracy is, how precious democracy is. It’s important for all of us to be included in that.”

Earlier that week, Legend also hosted a fundraiser with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, an organization that is also dedicated to helping felons regain voting rights.

During the hearing, fees and fines are forgiven to help remove any barriers that prevent convicted felons from having their voting rights restored.  About 150,000 felons now have a chance to seek financial relief from the Dade County court.

Florida recently made progress regarding voting rights for felons with the passing of Amendment 4, which voided a 150-year law that prohibited felons from voting. The law was originally passed to prevent black people from voting. Now, over 1.2 million convicted felons in Florida, excluding those convicted of sex crimes and murder, are eligible to vote.

This was one of Legend’s many efforts to support criminal justice reform. The Grammy-award winning singer also partnered with venture fund New Profit through his criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica to provide $500,000 grants to felons who want to venture into entrepreneurship.

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