Letter to the Florida Secretary of State re: Implementation of Amendment 4

Letter to the Florida Secretary of State re: Implementation of Amendment 4

March 11, 2019
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In a letter, Demos, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and 7 other organizations urged Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee to immediately coordinate with relevant state and local agencies to ensure that formerly convicted Floridians can register to vote, as required by Amendment 4.

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Passed by almost 65% of the voters in November, Amendment 4 automatically restores voting rights for individuals convicted of felonies other than murder or felony sexual offenses upon completion of sentence. The letter explains that Amendment 4 is self-executing and advises the Secretary to take the position that people should be re-enfranchised upon completing their incarceration and any term of probation or parole. Those whose community supervision has been discharged should not be locked out of the voting booth because they cannot afford to pay other outstanding court costs. The overwhelming majority of Florida voters favored the restoration of voting rights, which is necessary to ensure democratic participation in the state.