What is Voting Restoration - Amendment 4?
On November 6, 2018, Florida voters passed Voting Restoration - Amendment 4.
The ballot language stated “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 would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.”
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 are eligible to register and vote as long as they have not been convicted of murder or a sexual offense and have completed all terms of their sentence, including:
- Prison or jail time;
- Parole, probation, or other forms of supervision; and
- Payment of the total amount of all fines, fees, costs, and restitution ordered as part of the felony sentence.
If you do not qualify to have your voting rights restored under Amendment 4 and have questions, please call our office at (727) 464-VOTE (8683).
How does someone know if their voting rights have been restored?
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].
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is available to assist applicants with the voter registration process. Call (727) 464-VOTE (8683), email email@example.com or visit VotePinellas.com.
The following Florida agencies have resources to assist applicants in verifying sentencing obligations:
- Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, (727) 464-7000, www.mypinellasclerk.org. Please note: the applicant must call the Florida county where sentenced
- Florida Department of Corrections (where supervised or incarcerated), (850) 488-5021, www.dc.state.fl.us
If you want to submit a Request for an Advisory Opinion as to eligibility, you may do so by contacting the Florida Division of Elections by phone: 850-245-6200, by email: DivElections@dos.myflorida.com, or online: https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/.
If a voter was removed from the voter roll due to a felony conviction, will he/she be automatically re-registered to vote?
No. An applicant must re-register to vote. When completing a paper voter registration application, be sure to complete Sections 1 –7 and sign the oath at the bottom of the application. State law requires all voters to be registered at least 29 days before an election.
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If an applicant applied to register to vote, what happens now?
The applicant should watch the mail for a new Voter Information Card from the Supervisor of Elections office within a few weeks of registering. If not received, please contact our office to ensure we have the correct address.
Once registered, voters need to keep registration information (signature, name, address and political party affiliation) up to date. Voters can update their information by visiting VotePinellas.com or calling (727) 464-VOTE (8683).