Say YES to Second Chances, VOTE YES on 4 in November.
Floridians from all walks of life believe in forgiveness, redemption, restoration and, ultimately, Second Chances. We need to make sure that Florida law does, too. Now is the time to return the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debts.
When a debt is paid, it’s paid.
Nearly 1.4 million people in Florida, who have served their time and paid their debts to society, are permanently excluded from voting. Floridians who’ve paid their full debt to society have earned the opportunity to participate in and give back to their communities.
Amendment 4 would return the eligibility to vote to people only after they have completed their full sentences – including parole, probation, and restitution. The law specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.
Florida’s system for restoring a person’s eligibility to vote is broken.
Amendment 4 takes important steps toward fixing it.
Currently, Florida law permanently excludes 1.4 million Floridians who have paid their debt from voting for life. Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting. The Amendment brings our state in line with others nationwide, including Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.
Current law outlines a difficult process to restore an individual’s eligibility to vote because it requires the direct personal involvement of the Governor and the 3-person Cabinet, even after they have paid their debt to society.
A judge recently determined that the restoration process is arbitrary and unconstitutional because it lacks standardized guidelines in place to allow for objective and prudent decision making. The problem is that the judge left the fix in the hands of politicians and every election cycle newly elected politicians can reconfigure the process. A person’s eligibility to vote should not be left up to politicians and election cycles.
Through the hard work of Florida voters and unwavering dedication of a truly grassroots movement, Amendment 4 was placed on the ballot and allows voters to take matters into our own hands and VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to give Floridians, who have made past mistakes, the eligibility to vote only after they have completed their full debt to society.
This matters to EVERYONE.
Voters took matters in their own hands to ensure that their fellow Floridians, family members, and friends who’ve made past mistakes, served their time and paid their debts to society are given a second chance and the opportunity to earn back the eligibility to vote.
People from all parties and all walks of life support 2nd chances, including law enforcement, faith-based groups, families, businesses, and a large majority of Floridians. 2nd chances is a non-partisan, organic grassroots effort that transcends racial and party lines.
Floridians from all walks of life support people being able to earn back the eligibility to vote because it gives them a stake in the community. Restoring a person’s eligibility to vote gives them an opportunity for redemption and a chance to be full members of their community. By helping people become engaged citizens, we create safer communities.
- Studies by the Office of Offender Review show that people who earn the eligibility to vote are less likely to commit crimes in the future.
- According to the Florida Parole Commission, returning citizens who vote are three times less likely to re-offend than those who don’t vote.
- By helping people become responsible citizens, we create safer communities.