2018 General Election Guide Archive
FL Amendment 4 – Voting Restoration Amendment
Allows those who have completed their entire sentence to earn the right to vote back except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses.
- Grant felons – excluding those convicted of murder or felony sex crimes – the right to vote after completing all the terms of their sentence. The Governor’s Clemency Board studies have shown that recidivism rates drop about 30% if person has their voting rights restored. Another study shows that with a lower recidivism rate, costs of incarceration go down, employment goes up and that the positive impact on the Florida economy is $365 million per year.
- Continue the current requirement that felons wait a minimum of five years before applying to have their voting rights restored, and then appear before the governor and Cabinet to appeal for those rights.
- Continue allowing the governor and Cabinet sole authority to determine whether a felon is allowed to vote again.
- Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
- Floridians for a Fair Democracy
- American Civil Liberties Union
- League of Women Voters of Florida
- Progress Florida
- Florida Policy Institute
- Florida Education Association
- Florida National Organization for Women
- Floridians for a Sensible Voting Rights Policy