The League of Women Voters of Florida promotes electoral reforms that make voting easy, equitable, and effective at expressing public will through election results. We oppose gerrymandering and advocate for fair, transparent redistricting.
We are interested in issues and processes surrounding voter registration, voting machines, ballot design, poll watching, and others that directly affect every Florida citizen’s access to voting and the ability of constituents to make their voices heard.
The League was an active supporter of Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to former felons who have completed their entire sentence, except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses. Even though the Amendment passed by 64.6% of the vote, the battle is far from over.
Gov.-Elect Ron DeSantis says the ballot measure shouldn’t go into effect until state lawmakers approve an implementation bill that he signs. That means at least a two month delay in restoring felon rights. Advocates of Amendment 4, like the American Civil Liberties Union, say the measure should go into effect on Jan. 8, but session doesn’t start until March 5. This could deny voting rights for many in Tampa hoping to cast a ballot in the mayor’s race.
If you or your organization want to learn more about voter restoration and registering disenfranchised Floridians, click here for more information and resources.
Election Reform Chair: Michele Levy
Voting Rights Restoration Chair: Cecile Scoon