Restoration Of Civil Rights/Amendment 4

What is Voting Restoration - Amendment 4?

Florida voters passed Voting Restoration - Amendment 4 on November 6, 2018.

The amendment restores voting rights to individuals with prior felony convictions who have completed their sentences, including parole and probation requirements. The terms of the constitutional amendment, which went into effect January 8, 2019, exclude anyone convicted of murder or a felony sex offense, unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore voting rights for those individuals.

 

What does this mean for convicted felons who were previously deemed ineligible to register to vote?

Convicted felons who meet the requirements of Amendment 4 (those who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole and probation, and were not convicted of murder or sexual offenses) are eligible to register to vote.

 

How does someone know if their voting rights have been restored?

It is the applicant's responsibility to affirm that all information submitted on the voter registration application is true. Applicants that may be unsure of their voting rights status should contact the County Clerk of the Court where they were sentenced, or the Florida Department of Corrections where supervised or incarcerated, or the Florida Commission on Offender Review - Office of Executive Clemency before they submit an application.

Duval County Clerk of Courts
Web Site: Duval County Clerk of Courts
(904) 255-2000

Downtown Courthouse Beaches Branch
501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville 1543 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Florida Commission on Offender Review, Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way 
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Phone: (850) 488-2952 Toll free: (850) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695
Email: Clemencyweb@fpc.state.fl.us
Website: www.fcor.state.fl.us

The Florida Commission on Offender Review's website offers a Civil Rights Restoration Search for its database so you can determine whether or not your rights have been restored. Be sure to search under all variations of your name, including nicknames.

Florida Department of Corrections
(850) 488-5021
Website: www.dc.state.fl.us

 

If a voter was removed from the voter roll due to a felony conviction, will he/she be automatically re-registered to vote?

No, an applicant must re-register to vote. State law requires all voters to be registered at least 29 days before an election.

You may register to vote:

 

If an applicant registered to vote, what happens now?

The applicant should watch for a new voter information card from our office within a few weeks of registering. If a card is not received, please contact our office to ensure we have your correct address.

Once registered, voters need to keep registration information (signature, name, address and political party affiliation) up to date. Voters can update their information at duvalelections.org or calling (904) 630-1414.