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Faith in Florida, part of a coalition of civic engagement groups, aims to register at least 100,000 Puerto Ricans and leverage their political power in its campaign to restore felons’ voting rights.

“It’s a swing state with an opportunity for both parties to kind of capture this group that comes from a very, very high voting culture,” said Maria Revelles, organizing director for the group. “Puerto Ricans as a voting bloc … have the potential of transforming the politics of Florida as we know it.”

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, leading to an official death toll of 2,975, thousands of residents relocated to the mainland, particularly to central Florida, which offered them warm weather and jobs in an established Puerto Rican community.

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