Voting sets the path for the future of our communities, states and nation. And for those who have paid their debt to society following a conviction, voting is a way to reclaim their voices and restore their position as active members of their communities.
In Florida, more than 1.4 million people were denied the right to vote because they had a prior felony conviction. Florida was one of only four states in the country that permanently took voting rights away from returning citizens, even after those citizens had completed the terms of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation. As a result, Florida had disenfranchised more potential voters than any other state, with more than 10 percent of all potential voters and more than 21 percent of potential black voters in Florida unable to vote due to felony records.