Floridians’ Broad Support for Second Chances Sends Voting Amendment to 2018 Ballot

Tallahassee, Fla. – The League of Women Voters of Florida congratulates the hundreds of thousands of Floridians committed to grassroots action in succeeding to submit more than 1.1 million petitions and place the Second Chances Voting Restoration amendment on the ballot.

“League members have been working diligently and consistently on this issue for years, and we are thrilled that our efforts, and the efforts of so many other dedicated organizations and citizens have achieved this momentous accomplishment,” said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Nearly 1.5 million people in Florida who have served their time and paid their debts to society are permanently excluded from voting. This amendment will make sure Floridians who have paid their debts in full are given the opportunity to have their voices heard. The amendment specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.

“Through the hard work of Florida voters and unwavering dedication of a truly grassroots movement, we have reached a historic milestone and have officially placed the Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment on the ballot,” said Desmond Meade, Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy and spokesperson for Second Chances Florida Campaign. “Voters took matters in their own hands to ensure that their fellow Floridians, family members, and friends who’ve made past mistakes, served their time and paid their debts to society are given a second chance and the opportunity to earn back their ability to vote.”

The next step will be to spread the message of Florida For 4, and vote Yes on Amendment 4 this November.

For more information, visit lwvfl.org. To learn more about the Second Chances Campaign, visit secondchancesfl.org.