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Civil Rights Restoration/ Voting Restoration, Amendment 4 Frequently Asked Questions

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 (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.

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 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

In addition, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is willing to assist applicants. Call (727) 464-VOTE (8683), email election@votepinellas.com or visit VotePinellas.com.

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).