In 2018, Florida made history by saying yes to second chances by approving Amendment 4 and ending a 150 year old law created to prevent freed slaves from voting. In 2019, the Florida Legislature passed SB 7066, a bill stating that the “completion of sentence” phrase in Amendment 4 includes payment of all fines, fees, and restitution.
Persons with felony convictions — returning citizens — may not have the resources to easily research their sentences and prepare to go to court to ask for a sentence modification under the new law. Florida has no “one-stop shop” for someone to find out if they have served all the terms of their sentence. That’s where you can come in! We are recruiting volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and other interested people to work with returning citizens to determine their voting eligibility.
We have produced a Florida Bar-approved webinar, eligible for up to 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The webinar discusses the history of Florida felony disenfranchisement, the impact of Amendment 4 that allowed returning citizens to register to vote, and the subsequent effect of SB 7066, legislation that specifies returning citizen voting eligibility. The League hopes that volunteer attorneys and other advocates will use the information provided by this free CLE webinar to offer their services pro bono to assist returning citizens.
The CLE webinar is presented by Cecile M. Scoon, Esq, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Florida and Action Chair on Amendment 4 matters. She is a practicing attorney who specializes in civil rights and employment discrimination cases representing employees.
Where to find information online about whether a person has completed the terms of his/her sentence?
If a person is unsure about whether their sentence is complete, they should check these places for their records:
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- Florida Clerks of County Courts, where the person was convicted.
- Florida Department of Corrections
Where to find general voting/election information? The County Supervisors of Elections in Florida provide voter services, run elections, and offer voter education. Click to find and contact your Florida County Supervisor of Elections .