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Amendment 4 Voter Restoration

Information and resources on Amendment 4 Implementation

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.

If you are interested in CLE-credit training for lawyers or volunteers willing to help returning citizens obtain their voting rights, click here.

For League members, to obtain LWVFL Guidelines to register persons to vote in accord with Amendment 4 click here: LWVFL Guidelines (2/10/2020). All League members that have taken and passed the League Voting Quiz may register citizens to vote if they have the permission of their local League president.

Remember Florida Law requires that you cannot register anyone to vote in Florida, unless you have registered with the state as a Third Party Voter Organization/Individual. For non-League members, to obtain guidelines on how to become a third party organization so that you can register voters click here:  Third-Party-Regis-guidelines (2/14/2020). To download the LWVFL Powerpoint Presentation on how League partners can register voters, click here 

Watch this Florida Channel Capitol Update Extended video explaining the relationship between SB 7066 — Election Administration, and Amendment 4 which restores the voting rights of returning citizens.

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

  1. When does Amendment 4 go into effect? The amendment went into effect on January 8th.
  2. If I am a Returning Citizen who has completed all portions of my sentence, can I register to vote on January 8th? Yes
  3. What organization can I contact if I need help getting registered?   
    1. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition If you have questions about registering to vote, you can contact the FRRC:  1-877-698-6830.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
    1. Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    2. Florida Clerks of County Courts, where the person was convicted.
    3. Florida Department of Corrections
  6. Where can I find general voting/election information? The County Supervisors of Elections in Florida provide voter services, run elections, and offer voter education. You can find and contact your County Supervisor of Elections here:
    1. Florida County Supervisors of Election

News & Opinions on FL Legislative Activities concerning Amendment 4

February 21, 2020: NY Times Editorial Board Opinion, FL’s voting rights fight could tip 2020 election

January 16, 2020: FL Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting

January 10, 2020: Opinion –Change law to follow voter intent on felon voting rights

January 6, 2020: Voting rights restoration — updates from around the US

December 20, 2019: Editorial (Orlando Sentinal) Election safety and fairness in Florida

December 16, 2019: Opinion — Florida’s former felons should not have to wait for their voting rights

November 6, 2019: Florida Supreme Court asked by Governor DeSantis for clarification on whether felons have to pay legal costs before voting rights restoration

October 24, 2019: Opinion — Thoughts on Amendment 4 and its relevant legislation.

October 19, 2019: Judge rules Florida cannot block returning citizens from voting, if they cannot afford to pay fines

October 8, 2019: Amendment 4 law deemed “administrative nightmare” by federal judge

October 7, 2019: Federal court hears challenge to legislative restrictions on Amendment 4

August 29, 2019: FL Supreme Court asked by Governor DeSantis for advisory opinion on Amendment 4 and related legislation

August 16, 2019: Federal lawsuit about felon voting rights scheduled for preliminary hearing October 7th

July 5, 2019: Q&As on Amendment 4 law: fines, restitution, ‘poll tax’ claims

May 26, 2019: How to check if you owe fees or restitution as an ex-felon

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