Florida Voting Restrictions
New restriction enacted in 2019: Cut back on the expansive changes made by Amendment 4 – a constitutional amendment that restores voting rights to many Floridians with a felony conviction and that was passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November 2018. A federal district court, however, has issued a partial preliminary injunction against the cutback, ruling that it is unconstitutional for Florida to condition the restoration of voting rights on legal financial obligations that a returning citizen cannot afford to pay. (For additional information, click here.)
Restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2012: Cut early voting, curbed voter registration drives, and made it harder to restore voting rights to people with past criminal convictions.
Original effective date: 2011
Background: In 2011, Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a series of laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R), making it harder to vote. First, lawmakers reduced the early voting period, which contributed to long lines in the 2012 election. The legislature responded in 2013 by restoring some of the early voting days, but there are still fewer early balloting opportunities today than before the 2011 cutbacks. Second, Florida passed new restrictions on voter registration drives. With the help of the Brennan Center, the most onerous aspects of this law were
$1.50 WILL HELP FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION
The fight for equal voting rights is good trouble, necessary trouble.
$1.50 can combat voter suppression and support one more person's ability to register to vote. Register2Vote makes it easy to register voters by sending a pre-filled voter registration form and a stamped envelope to eligible unregistered voters so all they have to do is sign it and drop it in the mail. This system has been used to register thousands of voters since 2018 and we hope to help register many more.
Hover over a region in our interactive map to see counts of unregistered voters for a specific district on the map. Dive in; you can go as specific as the precinct level. See the "Percent Funded" chart to understand how much work we have left to do.
Here's how to use this map:
1. Explore the map.
Hover over a region to see counts of unregistered voters for a specific district on the map. Dive in; you can go as specific as the precinct level. See the "Percent Funded" chart to understand how much work we have left to do.
2. Chip in to help register voters.
For whatever dollar amount you choose to contribute, our automated system will mail registration forms to residents in that region, and our system will update the "Percent Funded" accordingly. That way, you can follow the impact you're making!
3. Voter registration goes into the mail!
We make it as easy as possible, and take all the headache out of the process -- all someone has to do is sign the form, and put it back into the mail using our postage-paid envelope.
4. We track completion.
It's super important that these voter registration forms get exactly where they need to go -- and that's what we do best! Our team not only tracks whether a form has been completed, we track whether it's been received by the elections office. It's the only way to be sure, and we take extra care to ensure that nobody's registration form gets lost in the shuffle.
5. Our team follows up.
Our team tracks the entire process of voter registration, end-to-end. For voters who signed up using our online form, or for those who used MapTheVote to get their neighbors registered, our team will follow up with an SMS message or an email.
6. More voters = Stronger democracy!
Voting is essential to democracy and an effective government. The more people we include, the stronger our democracy!