Amendment 4, the voting restoration amendment on the ballot this November, received support from key Floridians from all walks of life, including a faith-based organization and a business chamber.
Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting. Amendment 4 would restore the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have served their time and completed all terms of their sentence as ordered by a judge – including parole, probation, and restitution. The amendment specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense. To learn more about the Second Chances Campaign, please visit secondchancesfl.org.
Florida Phoenix, 9/13/18
Freedom Partners, a Virginia-based libertarian group funded by the nationally known Koch Industries, is endorsing Amendment 4 in Florida, the measure that would restore voting rights to ex-felons.
“We believe that when individuals have served their sentences and paid their debts as ordered by a judge, they should be eligible to vote,” said Mark Holden, and senior vice president of Koch Industries.
Though billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are best known for backing Republican candidates for office, they have also supported efforts to reform the criminal justice system in the U.S. in recent years.
In Florida, and only three other states, a felony conviction will cost you your eligibility to vote for the rest of your life. The Christian Coalition of America supports Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment, because it seeks to remedy this broken system.