Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions who completed their sentences.
But now Florida’s Republican governor & state legislature are dragging their feet.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis said Amendment 4 should not go into effect without him and the legislature approving “implementing language.” Republican Senate committee chair Dennis Baxley claimed to be confused about how to determine eligibility.
There’s no confusion here. Amendment 4 would restore the voting rights to anyone convicted of a felony (except murder or sexual crimes) who completed their sentence—including parole. It is not difficult to determine who is eligible, because the measure states it clearly.
What’s really going on is that Amendment 4 restores the voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians, an overwhelming number of whom are likely to vote Democratic. And with Florida elections decided by such small margins, that is what they are afraid of.
Sign the petition: The people spoke. Restore Florida voting rights immediately.
Florida Governor & Legislature
Our Message to Florida Governor & Legislature :
Florida’s Amendment 4 overwhelmingly passed with 64.6% of the vote, and must go into effect immediately. We cannot wait until the state legislature convenes in March, as some Florida cities (such as Tampa) will have a mayor’s race on March 5th. Delaying this measure will threaten the constitutional rights of 1.4 million eligible Florida citizens.