Florida Amendment 4: Voting Restoration for 1.4 Million Floridians

Over 1.4 million people are permanently locked out of participating in democracy in Florida because it is one of only four states that imposes a lifetime ban on voting for anyone with a former felony conviction. Florida’s Amendment 4 seeks to give Floridians a second chance by restoring the eligibility to vote to those who complete all terms of their sentence. Voters can help enact the largest expansion of voting rights since the Voting Rights Act by voting YES on Amendment 4 on November 6, 2018.

Over 1.4 million Floridians are permanently denied the eligibility to vote

Currently, it is near-impossible for someone with a former felony conviction who has completed their full sentence to regain their eligibility to vote in Florida. The state places a lifetime ban on voting for returning citizens unless they receive clemency, which requires gaining approval from a 3-member cabinet and the Governor. This group only meets 4 times a year to hear fewer than 100 cases at a time. Because of that, there is a backlog of over 12,000 clemency cases waiting to be heard.  As a result, over 1.4 million Floridians have been denied their eligibility to vote. Amendment 4 is the morally correct course to take. Those who have completed their sentences deserve a second chance.

Floridians for a Fair Democracy has successfully gathered the 766,000 signatures needed to place Amendment 4 on the November ballot. The coalition is led by Desmond Meade, a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the current Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), and graduate of Florida International University College of Law. Desmond’s leadership has been galvanizing and we are excited to support his work by encouraging Floridians to vote YES on Amendment 4 in November.

What Second Chances proposes to do

Amendment 4 requires voting restoration for Floridians with felony convictions once they’ve complete all the terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. People who were convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses will not be eligible to vote, unless they are granted clemency.

What You Can Do

Local Indivisibles have joined with Second Chances Campaign across Florida to support Amendment 4 by organizing canvasses and phone banks.

To find your local Indivisible group, visit https://indivisible.org/groups.

Sign up here to join a phone bank or host your own event here.

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