Earlier this week, the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) announced it is pleased to see support among Florida voters for Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment. The LPF has been supportive of other measures for automatic restoration of citizen’s rights once they have completed their jail sentence and/or parole obligations. Amendment 4 only deals with the right to vote and does not automatically restore one’s other rights such as their Second Amendment rights. Polls show large support for the measure with a poll released on May 2, 2018, showing 74 percent of Florida voters support the amendment.
“With so many laws created by elected officials, it’s a lot easier to become a felon nowadays,” said Marcos Miralles, LPF Chairman. “If you were to be labeled by the government as a felon, and you served your time, should you not have your right to vote restored?”
A poll announced last week by FloridaPolitics.com found more than 60 percent of state voters supported the Initiative, greater than the amount needed to amend the state Constitution. The survey was conducted jointly by North Star Opinion Research and EMC Research, FloridaPolitics reports. The poll did not list Libertarian Party results.
“Regardless of party, gender, race, or region of the Sunshine State, Floridians strongly support Amendment 4,” Dan Judy of North Star was quoted.
If approved, the amendment would restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation. The automatic restoration would not apply to anyone convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense. The initiative will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
Amendment 4 is just one of many amendments Florida voters will have to decide this November 2018 in the general election. A full list will be available soon and we will report on each one.