“Being unable to vote is like being on the fringe of society [as] a citizen that doesn’t have an active participation in it. You are just there, observing. You have no opportunity to affect change.” – Ken Shutle The ability to participate in our political system, and in particular the power to cast a vote,
Florida is one of the few states with a lifetime voting ban for people with felony convictions, disenfranchising upwards of 1.6 million citizens. This report traces the history of the provision back to America’s Jim Crow past and explains how its impact is felt in Florida’s democracy today.
To learn more about rights restoration and sign a petition to restore the right to vote in Florida, visit our Rights Restoration project page or download the infographic below:
DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Problem: Voter Disenfranchisement The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with close to 2.2 million people behind bars. Studies have shown that changes in the criminal justice system and in sentencing laws, not changes in crime rates, are responsible for these shocking numbers. One of the hidden
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