Amendment 4 - Frequently Asked Questions
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
- How will the Supervisor of Elections handle voter registration applications now with Amendment 4?
- How do I know if my voting rights have been restored?
- What does this mean for convicted felons who were previously deemed ineligible to register to vote?
- My voting rights have been restored. Do I need to do anything before I can vote?
- If I was removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction, will I automatically be re-registered to vote?
- I registered to vote, what happens now?