Information for Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons
In November 2018, Florida voters adopted an amendment to the Florida constitution known as “Amendment 4.” That Amendment provided that former felons, except for those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, would have their eligibility to register and vote restored if they had completed all terms of their sentence, including prison, probation, and parole.
Florida statutes enacted following the passage of Amendment 4 also require former felons to have completed all fines, fees, and restitution if those terms were included as part of the judicial sentence.
While the Supervisor of Elections cannot provide legal advice, the following information is derived from the language of Amendment 4 and § 98.0751, Florida Statutes:
For all former felons – except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense – who have completed all prison, probation, or parole terms of their sentence:
- If you no longer owe money, you are eligible to register and vote.
- If you have paid all fines, fees, and restitution, as ordered by the Court, even if costs or post-judgment fees remain, you are eligible to register and vote.
- Inability to pay, pending subsequent Court opinions, does not presently provide an exception. If you have completed community service in lieu of your remaining payment, however, you are eligible to register and vote.
- If you do not know whether or not these categories apply to you, you may request an advisory opinion from the State Division of Elections. Please refer to § 106.23(2), Fla. Stat., and the Division of Elections Website for additional information.
We will update this information once a ruling from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals is received and becomes final.
Effective May 24, 2020 - Revision July 2, 2020