Returning citizens who know that they qualify for reinstatement can register to vote; those who are not certain should verify their status before registering. If you or a loved one is planning to register to vote, the FAQs below may be helpful. Additional information about voter registration efforts is available below.
Background. The League of Women Voters Florida (LWVFL) announced that beginning on January 8, 2019, volunteers will help millions of disenfranchised Floridians become registered voters. Amendment 4, which passed by almost 64% of the electorate in November, granted the right to vote to former felons in Florida (except murderers or felony sex offenders) who have completed their sentences.
“The League is thrilled to be working with our coalition partners to guard against any delays in implementation of the will of the people,” said Patricia Brigham, LWVFL President. “The League has long stood for the voting rights of the excluded and we are overjoyed that we can work with returning citizens just as early League members worked to first enfranchise and then educate and increase women voters.” League 1st VP and Amendment 4 Action Chair Cecile Scoon stated that “Amendment 4 is self-executing. No additional legislation is needed to implement Amendment 4 and any attempt to delay the implementation would be an affront to the resounding demand from voters to ‘let the people vote!’”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Amendment 4
- When does Amendment 4 go into effect? The amendment goes into effect on January 8th.
- If I am a Returning Citizen who has completed all portions of my sentence, can I register to vote on January 8th? Yes
- What organization can I contact if I need help getting registered?
- Do Returning Citizens need to bring proof of a completed sentence before registering? No. The responsibility of the citizen is to honestly affirm that, by completing the terms of their sentence, their voting rights have been restored – because, if they have completed their sentence, the voters’ rights have been restored.
- Where can I find more information online about whether I’ve completed the terms of my sentence? If a person is unsure about whether their sentence is complete, they should check these places for their records:
News & Opinions on FL Legislative Activities concerning Amendment 4
July 10, 2019: Click on title to view update on restoring voting rights to returning citizens: Capital update extended: SB7066.
- July 5, 2019: Q&As on Amendment 4 law: fines, restitution, ‘poll tax’ claims
- July 2, 2019: Amendment 4 fallout for felons…it is disheartening
- June 18, 2019: The Florida GOP’s assault on democracy
- June 12, 2019: League seeks lawyers willing to help returning citizens register to vote
- May 31, 2019: Fines owed by felons in south Florida will negatively affect their ability to vote
- May 26, 2019: How to check if you owe fees or restitution as an ex-felon
- May 15, 2019: Op-Ed by Cecile Scoon, First Vice President of League of Women Voters of Florida – Florida’s change to Amendment 4 is a travesty and a transgression of the people’s will
- May 14, 2019: Changes to returning citizen voting rights will affect African American voters the most
- May 9, 2019: Desmond Meade says new law slows, but doesn’t stop, ex-felons from voting
- April 16, 2019: Testimony on proposed bills for voting rights restoration
- April 4, 2019: What does it mean to finish a prison sentence?
- March 27, 2019: What was the voters’ intent in passing Amendment 4?
For guidelines on how third party organizations can register voters: Third-Party-Regis-guidelines.pdf
To download the LWVFL Powerpoint Presentation on how League partners can register voters, click here.