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Standards Governing Eligibility to Vote After a Felony Conviction

A felony conviction in Florida for murder or a sexual offense makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida.

Any other felony conviction in Florida makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if:

  1.  the person is in prison or jail on the offense;
  2.  the person is on parole, probation, or another form of supervision on the offense; or
  3.  the person owes a fine or restitution included in the judgment on the offense—but a fine or restitution does not make the person ineligible if the person is unable to pay it. Unpaid fees or costs do not make a person ineligible to vote. 

A felony conviction in another state makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if the conviction would make the person ineligible to vote in the state where the person was convicted.

A person who is unsure about whether the person owes a fine or restitution that makes the person ineligible to vote may request an advisory opinion from the Florida Division of Elections on a form available from a Supervisor of Elections or the Division or online HERE. If the Division does not provide an advisory opinion within 21 days, there will be limits on the State’s ability to assert that a fine or restitution makes the requesting person ineligible to vote.

Even if a person would be ineligible to vote under the standards set out above, the person is eligible if the person’s right to vote has been restored by the Florida Executive Clemency Board.

An offense on which a person was not adjudicated guilty does not make a person ineligible to vote. A misdemeanor conviction does not make a person ineligible to vote.


Where to Submit a Request for an Advisory Opinion:

A request is to be submitted to DivElections@dos.myflorida.com, or mailed to:

Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
Director's Office
Room 316, R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250


Resources to help confirm Amendment 4 sentence completion obligations:

Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court: administration@brevardclerk.us or 321-637-5413

Florida Department of Corrections: dc.state.fl.us or 850.488.5021

Florida Commission on Offender Review: fcor.state.fl.us or 850.922.0000

 

Information About Restoring Rights

Agencies involved in the clemency process can be contacted as follows:

Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court

2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, FL 32940
(321) 637-5413
Web site: www.brevardclerk.us

 

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
(877) 822-1991 (toll free) or (850) 410-7000
Web site: www.fdle.state.fl.us/
Voter information - felony convictions: www.fdle.state.fl.us/Voter-Information/Felony-Convictions

 

Office of Executive Clemency – Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
(850) 922-0000
Web site: www.fcor.state.fl.us/
Request to restore civil rights: fcor.state.fl.us/restoration.shtml
Inquiries on civil rights status and certificates for those whose rights have been restored: ClemencyWeb@fcor.state.fl.us