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Voting Restoration Amendment

Synopsis

Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote. For a very funny overview by Samantha Bee watch this 6 minute video. If that doesn't convince you please read on and/or follow the External Link listed at the bottom of this page.

FCP Recommendations

In order to make sure that the Voting Restoration Amendment appears on the 2018 ballot, we need to collect petitions from nearly 700,000 Florida voters.

  1. Read and understand this amendment.
  2. Download, print, and carefully fill out the entire petition. Make sure to fill out all of the required fields — incomplete forms will not be counted. Also, make sure to print out copies for your friends, family and co-workers as well. You can ask them to sign the petition, too, and then mail all completed forms back to the office in the same envelope!
  3. Mail the petition to the address indicated on the lower right corner.

What the Voting Restoration Amendment Does

  • Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting. The Amendment modernizes Florida’s criminal justice rules by bringing our state in line with others nationwide.
  • People must fully complete all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, before they earn back their right to vote.
  • The Amendment doesn’t apply to people who’ve committed murder or sexual offenses.

BALLOT TITLE: Voting Restoration Amendment

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

FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT:


Article VI, Section 4. Disqualifications.—

(a) No person convicted of a felony, or adjudicated in this or any other state to be mentally incompetent, shall be qualified to vote or hold office until restoration of civil rights or removal of disability. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation.
(b) No person convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense shall be qualified to vote until restoration of civil rights.
(b c) No person may appear on the ballot for re-election to any of the following offices:
(1) Florida representative,
(2) Florida senator,
(3) Florida Lieutenant governor,
(4) any office of the Florida cabinet,
(5) U.S. Representative from Florida, or
(6) U.S. Senator from Florida
if, by the end of the current term of office, the person will have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that office for eight consecutive years.


Text on this page was copied from floridiansforafairdemocracy.com