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Will Voter Suppression Backfire in Florida?

Republicans wanted to undercut an amendment that allows ex-felons to vote. Is it working out for them?

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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Over a year ago, Florida residents approved the restoration of voting rights for approximately 1.4 million ex-felons in the state. But in the months since, lawmakers have tried to implement new hurdles for former convicts trying to access the ballot box. Now, advocates in some counties are trying to find a solution to register voters anyway.

Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, justice reporter for Slate

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Mara Silvers.