Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting. This disfranchisement affects 1,680,000 Floridians, including more than 1 in 5 African-Americans.
What the Voting Restoration Amendment Does
The amendment modernizes Florida’s criminal justice rules by bringing them in line with those of other states nationwide.
People must fully complete all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, before they earn back their right to vote. The amendment does not apply to people who have committed murder or sexual offenses.
Law enforcement, faith leaders, employers, and a large majority of Floridians from all walks of life support the right of former felons who have paid their debt to society to vote. It is not only the right thing to do and helps to reduce their risk for committing future offenses and returning to prison.
The LWV FL and MD in partnership with Say Yes To Second Chances are working to make sure that the Voting Restoration Amendment appears on the 2018 ballot, in order to make that happen, we need to collect petitions from one million Florida voters.
It is time to restore our fellow Floridians' right to vote. Sign a petition today.