It's Our Time!
We passed Amendment 4! Over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions have their voting rights restored, the largest expansion of democracy in 50 years. Now, we need to make sure everyone can register to vote and have their voices heard.
Help Returning Citizens Pay Fines & Fees
We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, as returning citizens ourselves, know first-hand how financial hardships can prevent people from fully engaging in their communities. So we created a fund to help returning citizens with outstanding fines and fees complete their sentence and move forward with their lives. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to those who have completed incarceration and probation but still have to complete financial portions of their sentence. Please give whatever you can and help us spread the word!
Where We Go From Here
In 2018, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition built an unprecedented grassroots movement, led by directly impacted people and their families, and passed Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to returning citizens. This created the largest voter registration and empowerment mandate since the Civil Rights Movement. Together, we can build a more inclusive democracy in Florida by engaging the millions of unregistered voters throughout the state, including returning citizens.
We need to protect the gains made by Amendment 4 through legislative and legal advocacy.
The FRRC and our partners are collectively building the largest coordinated voter registration program since the 1960s.
Our movement is led by returning citizens and we are committed to listening to this community and building a powerful long-term constituency through FRRC.
Amendment 4 legislation goes into effect in
A Word from Desmond
“On November 6th, we saw over 5.1 million votes, and they were votes that were not based on fear or hate. They were votes that were not based on partisan politics. They were votes that were based on love, forgiveness, and redemption. We the people proved that we can put people over politics. We the people proved that in spite of our differences, we can come together.”
Returning Citizen Voter Registration Guidelines
Ask the right question: "Do you know someone who's impacted by the criminal justice system?"
If you are registering a voter in a heavily impacted community, make sure not to “out” people. Sometimes their family members might not even know they have a past conviction. Always allow people the opportunity to answer privately, especially if they are with a group.
Don’t ask for the details of their conviction or sentence
FRRC welcomes anyone impacted by the criminal justice system or their family members, whether they have a felony conviction or not. Try to just state the facts of what Amendment 4 does rather than ask direct questions about their past.
In most cases, they can check “Yes” under Q2 of the Eligibility section
As long as they’ve completed their sentence and have not been convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, their rights have been restored and they can register to vote.
Connect impacted people with the FRRC to follow-up
If a person self-identifies as impacted, wait until after the conversation before writing it down. It's important to make sure returning citizens do not feel like they’re being targeted or watched.
Voter Registration 101
Interactive Map of Voter Registration Opportunities