On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Oliver pleaded with the people Florida to vote in favor of the Voting Restoration Amendment on November 6th. The amendment would restore the right to vote for felons who have paid their debt to society, excluding murderers and sex offenders. As the law is now, it has an inordinate effect on the African American community, and it’s incredibly difficult to get your voting rights back and can take years. If passed, more than 1.5 million people who are currently unable to vote would get that right. So Oliver reminded the people of Florida that they’ve made mistakes in the past too.
As an instrumental version of the Florida state song, “Old Folks at Home (The Swanee River)” played in the background and wearing a Florida Gators visor with fake hair, Oliver stated, “Even this song, your state song speaks to your ability to screw up and bounce back. The original lyrics to this song had to be changed because they were too racist.”
Oliver also went over several crazy things to happen in Florida recently, and if he was making this appeal to people in any other state, it would just sound weird. But it fits with Florida. “This November, Florida, you've got a real chance to remedy a mistake and do something genuinely good for over a million of your citizens,” Oliver said. “So please, on November 6th, don’t take your goat for a walk in your underwear, stay away from any bitey otters, draw a fake beard on yourself, and go cast a vote on behalf of all your fellow Floridians who are unable to.”
Oliver’s best point may have been when he said, “I mean, come on, Florida. You’re Florida.”