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.
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
A felony conviction in Florida for murder or a sexual offense makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida.
Any other felony conviction in Florida makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if:
- the person is in prison or jail on the offense;
- the person is on parole, probation, or another form of supervision on the offense; or
- the person owes a fine or restitution included in the judgment on the offense—but a fine or restitution does not make the person ineligible if the person is unable to pay it. Unpaid fees or costs do not make a person ineligible to vote.
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.
A person who is unsure about whether the person owes a fine or restitution that makes the person ineligible to vote may request an advisory opinion from the Florida Division of Elections on a form available from a Supervisor of Elections or the Division or online at https://dos.myflorida.com/elections. If the Division does not provide an advisory opinion within 21 days, there will be limits on the State’s ability to assert that a fine or restitution makes the requesting person ineligible to vote.
Even if a person would be ineligible to vote under the standards set out above, the person is eligible if the person’s right to vote has been restored by the Florida Executive Clemency Board.
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.
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
The Office of Executive Clemency
Florida Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Office of Executive Clemency
Search for Rights Already Restored and Print Certificate
Rules of Executive Clemency