Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment is a ballot initiative that would allow people who have paid their debt to society to earn back the eligibility to vote. Restoring a person’s eligibility to vote once they’ve fulfilled their obligations to society gives them an opportunity for redemption and a chance to be full members of their community. 

In the United States, 6.1 million people have permanently lost the eligibility to vote because of a past felony conviction. Florida accounts for nearly 25 percent, or 1.6 million, of the people who have lost their right to vote. As a result, one in ten Floridians are shut out of our democracy. This November: Say YES to second chances and vote YES on Amendment 4! #YesOn4

Read the Stories and Testimonies of Floridians who believe in Second Chances.

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Right now, we have the opportunity to return the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million Floridians who have been permanently excluded from voting despite completing all terms of their sentence and having paid their debt to society in full. If we can pull this off, we can make sure Florida law values second chances the same way we do.

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About the Say Yes to Second Chances Campaign

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is a coalition of organizations working to restore the ability to vote to Floridians with a felony conviction. The people behind this campaign are nonpartisan civic and faith organizations working with men and women who’ve served time and are now putting their lives back together.

Floridians believe in second chances. We need to make sure that Florida Law does too.

This amendment would return the eligibility to vote to people with prior felony convictions. People must fully complete their entire sentences – including any probation, parole, and restitution – before earning back the eligibility to vote. The Amendment specifically excludes those people who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.

Read the full text of the amendment. 

The Facts

  1. 6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of a felony conviction. Floridians account for 1.6 million, or 25 percent, of the population of people who have permanently lost their right to vote.
  2. 1 of every 13 African-Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws, vs. 1 in every 56 non-black voters
  3. Only four states, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virgina, permanently revoke a person's right to vote if they have a felony conviction.
  4. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of voters disenfranchised in Florida grew by nearly 150,000 to a staggering estimated total of 1,686,000.

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