Second Chances Florida

Who We Are.

Floridians from all walks of life believe in forgiveness, redemption, restoration and, ultimately, second chances.

With the unwavering dedication of a truly grassroots movement, Floridians across the Sunshine State signed and submitted more than 1.1 million petitions and put Amendment 4 – the Voting Restoration Amendment – on the November ballot. Floridians from all walks of life believe in second chances and, in November, can vote YES on 4 to make sure that Florida law does too.

Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole, probation, and restitution. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

Now is the time to return the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debts.

Second Chances

Floridians from all walks of life believe in forgiveness, redemption, restoration and, ultimately, second chances.

It is why voters from all corners of the state and all walks of life support the Amendment 4.

With the unwavering dedication of a truly grassroots movement, Floridians across the Sunshine State signed and submitted more than 1.1 million petitions and put Amendment 4 – the Voting Restoration Amendment – on the November ballot.

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 in full are given a second chance and the opportunity to earn back their eligibility to vote.

Floridians from all walks of life believe in second chances and, in November, can vote YES on 4 to make sure that Florida law does too.


Timeline

Initiated as a grassroots effort by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition – a membership organization run by returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) – the second chances Florida campaign has grown and achieved several milestones:

  1. In 2014, Floridians for a Fair Democracy (official ballot committee) was created to draft the Florida Voting Restoration Amendment.
  2. In 2016, a the grassroots effort that included many organizations and countless volunteers submitted more than 70,000 signatures to trigger Florida Supreme Court review.
  3. On April 20, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously approved the language.
  4. In the summer of 2017, the second chances Florida campaign orchestrated a robust effort to collect over 1.1M signatures to secure ballot placement.
  5. On January 23, 2018, we achieved ballot placement by verifying over 840,000 petitions across 15 congressional districts.

Amendment 4 is on the ballot this November. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 and we need 60% of voters to vote YES on Amendment 4 to win.

Amendment 4

Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote to Floridians with past convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole, probation, and restitution. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

Now is the time to return the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debts.


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