A whopping 10 percent of people in Florida can’t vote because of the state’s strict felon disenfranchisement law. Florida strips more people with felony convictions of their right to vote than any other state.
But, there’s good news: The team working to get this measure on the ballot in 2018 just passed their signature threshold! Florida will decide this November if over 1.6 million previously disenfranchised people can have the right to vote.
Florida’s disenfranchisement of people with felony convictions dates back to 1868 during the Jim Crow era.
Nearly 1 in 5 African American adults remain disenfranchised because of a criminal record.
If passed, this initiative would automatically restore the rights of Floridians who have served their time for a felony conviction.
As Jason says, “If you’ve done your time, you should get to vote.” Let’s make sure people in Florida who have served their time get the opportunity to be full citizens and vote again.
Leigh Chapman
Senior Policy Advisor, Let America Vote