The Marion County Supervisor of Elections office is preparing for the enactment of Amendment 4 – the Voting Restoration Amendment passed by Florida voters that takes effect Jan. 8.
This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentences, including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the governor and his Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case-by-case basis.
The Marion County Supervisor of Elections office will accept and process new voter registration applications, including applications submitted by convicted felons who have had their rights restored and are becoming eligible to vote. Newly eligible voters who have previously been removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction must reregister.
The Marion County Supervisor of Elections will continue voter education efforts and provide support to community groups and third-party voter registration organizations to encourage and assist newly eligible residents to register to vote.
For questions regarding Amendment 4, contact the Office of the Governor at (850) 488-7146 or the Supervisor of Elections office at (352) 620-3290.