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Your Right To Vote - Amendment 4 and Clemency

What is Amendment 4?

The Voting Restoration Amendment was the fourth proposed Constitutional Amendment on the 2018 General Election ballot. This amendment started as a citizen initiative which made ballot position through the collection of over 842,000 petition signatures. The amendment passed with 64.55% of the vote and will now be part of Florida’s Constitution with an effective date of January 8, 2019. 

Ballot Summary:
This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

How do I know if my voting rights have been restored?

STANDARDS GOVERNING ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE AFTER A FELONY CONVICTION

What standards govern eligibility to vote after a felony conviction? 

  • A felony conviction in Florida for murder or a sexual offense makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida unless and until the person’s right to vote is restored by the State Clemency Board.
  • For any other felony conviction in Florida, a person is eligible to register and vote if the person has completed all terms of his or her sentence. Completion of the sentence means:
    • Prison or jail time;
    • Parole, probation, or other forms of supervision; and
    • Payment of the total amount of all fines, fees, costs, and restitution ordered as part of the felony sentence.

Note:  Such person may alternatively apply to have his or her right to vote restored by the State Clemency Board.

  • A felony conviction in another state makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if the conviction would make the person ineligible to vote in the state where the person was convicted.
  • An offense on which a person was not adjudicated guilty does not make a person ineligible to vote.
  • A misdemeanor conviction does not make a person ineligible to vote.

More information: Division of Elections Felon Voting Rights

 

How will the Supervisor of Elections handle voter registration applications now with Amendment 4?

The Flagler County Supervisor of Elections office will accept and process voter registration applications as usual. Applications will be accepted from individuals with prior felony convictions who are newly eligible to register pursuant to the terms of Amendment 4. Voters who have previously been removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction must re-register to vote starting January 8, 2019.

My voting rights have been restored. Do I need to do anything before I can vote?

Yes. You must register to vote before you can participate in any election. State law requires all voters to be registered at least 29 days prior to Election Day. You may register:

NOTE: The Flagler County Supervisor of Elections advises any convicted felon who wishes to register to vote to verify that they have fulfilled their court ordered sentencing obligations BEFORE registering to vote.

If I was removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction, will I automatically be re-registered to vote now?

No. If a voter’s name has been removed from the voting rolls due to a felony conviction, the individual must re-register to vote. Please note that our office will not be contacting individuals regarding this issue. Help us to spread the word by sharing this information and encourage your friends and family to contact the Supervisor of Elections office in their county of residence.

I registered to vote - what happens now?

You should receive a new Voter Information Card from our office within a few weeks of registering. If you don’t receive this, please contact our office to make sure we have your correct address. After registering, voters must keep their registration up to date. Voters can update their address and other information any time using the Voter Information Lookup Tool Online, or call or visit the office.


office of executive clemency

Under the Florida Constitution, certain convicted felons cannot vote, serve on a jury, or hold public office until civil rights have been restored. If you have been convicted of a felony and wish to have your civil rights restored, you must submit an application to the Office of Executive Clemency. 

Contact the Office of Executive Clemency

Toll Free: 1-800-435-8286
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Fax: (850) 488-0695
Email: ClemencyWeb@fcor.state.fl.us 

The Office of Executive Clemency
Florida Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450

STAR Office of Executive Clemency 

 

clemency resources

STAR Search for Rights Already Restored and Print Certificate

STAR Rules of Executive Clemency

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