Florida ExCons Can Register Tuesday
Florida citizens with felony convictions, except for murder and sex offenses, can register to vote Tuesday, the Department of State said Saturday.
The Supervisor of Elections said last week that all counties were ready to accept voter registrations come Tuesday, which is when Amendment 4 goes into effect. But the process about what happened next wasn’t clear. Amendment 4 said that once those convicted of a felony except murder or a sex offense complete all terms of their sentence, including probation, then they should have their right to vote restored.
Since Rick Scott took over as governor in 2011, Florida has had some of the strictest disenfranchisement laws in the country, not allowing anyone with a felony conviction to vote unless Scott and the Florida Cabinet individually re-establish a citizen’s rights.
Come Tuesday, all who turn in their voter registration forms with the required information will be registered, according to Sarah Revell with the Department of State. Once someone turns in a voter registration form, they are registered to vote. They may later be removed from the voter rolls by an elections supervisor if the supervisor is informed by the state that the voter is not eligible to vote. Even in those cases, though, a voter has the right to appeal the decision if the voter thinks it was made in error.