Backers of proposed constitutional amendments about gambling and felons' rights had submitted almost exactly the same amount of valid petition signatures to the state as of Thursday afternoon.
The political committee Voters In Charge, which is spearheading the gambling measure, had submitted 443,345 signatures, while the political committee Floridians For a Fair Democracy, which is leading the felons' rights effort, had submitted 442,969, according to the state Division of Elections website. Both need to submit 766,200 valid signatures to get on the November 2018 ballot.
The Voters In Charge proposal is aimed at making it harder to expand gambling in the state. It would change the Florida Constitution and give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling." It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future.
The Floridians for a Fair Democracy proposal would automatically restore voting rights for all nonviolent felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution. Felons convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, would not be eligible. If the proposed amendments reach the ballot, each would need support from 60 percent of voters to pass.