ACLU of Florida

Jennie McKeon / WUWF

An estimated 1.4 million former felons in Florida became eligible to register to vote on Tuesday, thanks to the passage of constitutional Amendment 4.

On that first day of implementation, Pensacola resident Tranassa White marked the milestone day by completing her voter registration application - in person - at the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Walking in, White admits she’s a bit nervous, “I am.”

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

More than one million of former felons in the state of Florida will be able to register to vote beginning this Tuesday, when the Voting Restoration Amendment 4 takes effect.

There has been a lot of preparation and anticipation for implementation.

Sara Latshaw has been looking forward to this day on behalf of the many individuals in the state who were excluded from the election process due to their felony convictions and were kept out long after completion of their sentences.

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

On Florida’s General Election ballot, voters are being asked to decide whether most convicted felons in the state should have their voting rights restored. Passage of proposed constitutional Amendment Four could change the lives of nearly one-and-a-half million people.

Ben Calloway of Pensacola would benefit from passage of Amendment 4.

“Yeah, I was 18 when I got in trouble the first time,” said Calloway, recalling his arrest on marijuana possession.

From banning the death penalty to legalizing marijuana, the panel charged with overhauling Florida’s constitution is now out with about five dozen proposals.

The 37-member Constitution Revision Commission had just before midnight last Tuesday – the bewitching hour on Halloween -- to submit their proposals. As of Monday (12/6), 91 are listed on the website