What is Amendment 4?
On November 6, 2018, Florida voters passed Amendment 4 - Voting Rights Restoration. This amendment "restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment does not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses."
What does the passage of Amendment 4 mean for convicted felons who were previously deemed ineligible to register to vote or never registered to vote?
Effective January 8, 2019, 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. For information on standards governing eligibility to vote after a felony conviction, visit the Florida Division of Elections web page on Constitutional Amendment 4/Felon Voting Rights.
How does someone know if their voting rights have been restored?
The following Florida agencies have resources to assist applicants in verifying sentencing obligations:
If a voter was removed from the voter roll due to a felony conviction, will he/she be automatically re-registered to vote?
No. Newly eligible voters who have previously been removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction must re-register. State law requires all voters to be registered at least 29 days before an election.
Applicants may register to vote:
- Online at RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov (requires a Florida DL or ID card and the last four digits of your SSN)
- By Mail (print and complete the Florida Voter Registration Application (English PDF/ Español PDF) and mail it to our office no later than 29 days prior to Election Day to be valid for the upcoming election)
- At the Marion County Supervisor of Elections office: 981 NE 16th Street, Ocala, FL 34470
- At any voter registration agency (such as a Tax Collector’s Office or Public Library)
How will the Supervisor of Elections office handle voter registration applications now?
Under this new law, the role of the Supervisor of Elections remains the same. If the voter affirms they meet all qualifications, we will register them.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to affirm that all information submitted on the voter registration application is true [Florida Statute 97.053(5)(a)8].
After an applicant applies to register to vote, what happens next?
Within a few weeks of registering, the applicant should receive a Voter Information Card in the mail. Once registered, it is the voter’s responsibility to keep their registration up to date. Voters can update their information anytime by completing and submitting a Florida Voter Registration Application.
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