League of Women Voters rushes to register ex-felons before July 1 deadline making it much harder
The League of Women Voters is looking for lawyers to help citizens who were previously unable to vote due to felony criminal records register to vote.
The League launched a training program for attorneys and non-lawyer volunteers to help citizens who have paid their debt to society register to vote without incurring penalties.
The Florida Legislature passed an Amendment 4 implementing bill (SB 7066) that restricts ex-felons’ right under the voter-approved constitutional amendment to restore voting rights. The bill requires such citizens to have fulfilled all financial obligations associated with their record including court fees, fines and restitution.
Opponents of the measure argued the bill subverted the will of voters who intended non-violent ex-felons to be able to register to vote after they had served their sentences.
If Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the bill, which he’s expected to do, the new law would take effect July 1. The state has no plans to pursue penalties in individuals who register to vote under Amendment 4 before the implementing bill takes effect.
The League of Women Voters is holding registration drives across the state on June 15th and 29th.
The Florida Bar Association approved training, which will