By INDYKIDS STAFF

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This midterm election, voters in Florida have the chance to give back voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies and who have finished their time in prison. Ten percent of all adults in the state, up to 1.4 million people, cannot vote because of their criminal record. Florida is not alone in disenfranchising people with felony convictions. The same is true in Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia. In the United States, 6.1 million people cannot vote because of their criminal record.