In the United States, 6.1 million people have permanently lost their right 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.
Florida’s lifetime voting ban is the most powerful voter suppression tool in the country.
Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment is a proposed ballot iniative that would allow people who have paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote. Restoring a person’s right 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.
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.
We need to collect close to one million petitions by December 31, 2017, to have this important amendment added to the 2018 ballot.
Check out this page as a reference for your petition gathering efforts.
Filled out your petition? You can mail it or drop it off at one of our regional offices. Click here to see a list of office locations.
- 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.
- 1 of every 13 African-Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws, vs. 1 in every 56 non-black voters
- Only four states, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virgina, permanently revoke a person's right to vote if they have a felony conviction.
- 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.