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Constitutional Amendment 4

Person placing ballot in ballot box.

Published on Thu, 12/20/2018 - 08:00

On November 6, 2018, Florida voters passed an amendment to Article VI of the State Constitution, restoring the voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after completing all terms of their sentence. Under the terms of the amendment, this restoration does not apply to any who were convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.

The Supervisor of Elections is aware that there are debates taking place in Tallahassee over the implementation of this new law. Should the Supervisor receive specific direction from either the Florida Division of Elections or the Florida Legislature on what procedures will be used going forward in regard to the verification of civil rights or other implementation of Amendment 4, the Supervisor will apply the directives provided. Until any change is required by the Division of Elections or the Legislature, however, our voter registration work continues as normal.

Accordingly, effective January 8, 2019, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections will accept voter registration applications from new voters, including former convicted felons who are eligible to vote pursuant to the terms of the enacted Amendment.

Bill Cowles
Orange County Supervisor of Elections
12/20/2018