Stop this attack on Florida rights restoration
Some Florida lawmakers didn’t like voters’ decision to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people -- so they’re abusing their power to overrule the will of the people.
Last November, Floridians overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4 -- also known as the Voting Restoration Amendment -- and restored voting rights to 1.4 million people throughout the state. But now, the progress that activists fought tirelessly for is in jeopardy.
The Florida state legislature is trying to gut Amendment 4 and take away voting rights AGAIN from thousands of newly re-enfranchised people. Among other damaging things, their bill seeks to deny voting rights to Floridians who have served their time but haven’t paid certain fines or other fees, beyond what was given by the judge during sentencing.
Imposing this unnecessary obstacle would shut thousands of our neighbors out of our democracy -- and make it harder for low-income Floridians to cast their ballots. This goes completely against the spirit of what 65% of Florida voters approved -- and blocks this much-needed reform from having its full effect.We need a nationwide outcry to show Florida lawmakers that We the People won’t stand for self-interested politicians’ attempts to restrict the right to vote. Add your voice NOW!
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Last fall, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to restore voting rights to 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people in the state. Now, the state legislature is attempting to override the will of the people -- brazenly trying to take away these newly re-enfranchised Floridians’ right to speak out at the ballot box. We MUST strongly condemn these efforts.