Partnering with Floridians for a Fair Democracy, the Roosevelt Institute seeks to restore the right to vote to millions of voters with a past criminal record.
Florida has more than 1.5 million voters who are unable to vote because of a past felony conviction. In 2011, Florida became the fourth state in the country to have a lifetime ban on voting with executive clemency being the only way to restore voting rights.
Roosevelt supports a fair and inclusive political system that allows for full and varied participation of citizens. By restoring the right to vote, we are giving Floridians the opportunity for redemption and a chance to reenter society as civically engaged community members.
“We have over 6.1 million Americans nationally who are unable to exercise their constitutional right to vote” Roosevelt summer fellow Carl Amritt remarks as he works in Florida to give people with criminal records more access to voting.
Working with college campuses and community organizations across the state, Roosevelt is committed to raising awareness about voter disenfranchisement and collecting petitions for a ballot initiative to amend Florida’s constitution to allow millions of Floridians to vote by the 2020 General Election.