Felon Voting Rights

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.

Efforts are underway in the state to get a constitutional amendment on the 2016 General Election ballot that would restore voting rights to felons on the state’s 2016 General Election ballot. On Monday, March 2, the Pensacola Coffee Party and League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area will present a public discussion of the topic. The forum will be held at Franco’s Italian Restaurant at 6 p.m.

Currently, Florida is one of the toughest states in the country - along with Kentucky and Iowa- for ex-felons seeking to have their civil rights restored.