Restoration of Civil Rights

If You Have Been Convicted of a Felony, Your Rights Must Be
Restored Before You May Register to Vote

The Rules for Executive Clemency were amended 3/9/11, and restoration of civil rights can no longer be granted automatically. Felons who have completed their sentences may seek to have their civil rights restored by submitting an application to the state’s Board of Executive Clemency. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, applicants will be eligible to apply either five OR seven years after completion of their sentences, provided they have been crime-free and arrest-free. The Florida Parole Commission's Web site offers a
Civil Rights Restoration Search for its database, so you can determine whether or not your rights have been restored. To do this search successfully, you must type in and match your arrest record name exactly on the website.

Please Click Here for the Application for Clemency form which is the most up to date avoiding additional paperwork. According to Florida Statue 940.04 applicants are entitled to certified copies of documents free of charge. For information or assistance on the restoration of rights, use the contact information below to reach the Florida Parole Commission's Office of Executive Clemency: (NOTE: This information is confidential and will only be discussed with the individual directly affected.)

The Office of Executive Clemency
Florida Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Toll-free (800) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695
Email: ClemencyWeb@fcor.state.fl.us
Website: https://www.fcor.state.fl.us/clemency.shtml

After confirming that your rights have been restored, you must register or re-register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application.

For Additional Information or Assistance on the Restoration of Civil Rights:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Voter Information Click Here

American Civil Liberties Union at 813-286-3439, or 813-287-1698 or Click Here

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition at 877-826-8682 or Click Here

 

Restoration of Voting Rights - FAQs

If I have been convicted of a misdemeanor, are my voting rights affected?
No. Only a felony conviction affects civil rights and voting. (Section 97.041, Florida Statutes)


If I am on probation, may I vote in Florida?

Felony probation must be completed before civil rights may be restored. Once your civil rightsare restored,
you must register to vote by the book closing deadline (29 days before an election) to be eligible to vote in
Florida. (Rules 6, 9, 10A, and 10B, Rules of Executive Clemency, State ofFlorida)


If I have been arrested and am awaiting trial, may I vote?
If you are otherwise eligible to vote and are registered to vote in Florida, then you may vote in Florida.



If my rights have been restored, do I need to bring my certificate when I register to vote?

No. If your rights have been restored, you do not need to present your certificate for voter registration.
Just fill out the Florida Voter Registration Application completely and return it to your local
Supervisor of Elections by the deadline.

If my voting rights have been restored, what do I do next so that I may vote?

In order to vote, you must register to vote in Florida by the book closing deadline. To register to vote,
complete a Florida Voter Registration Application.


When is the deadline to register to vote?

In order to vote in any election, you must be registered to vote twenty-nine (29) days prior to that election.

Download the form from www.VoteManatee.com

Call (941) 741-3823 and request that a voter application be mailed to you or pick up a form in person
at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Boulevard West, Suite 108, Bradenton,
Florida 34205

Following a Felony Conviction (Section 98.075 (5-7), Florida Statutes)

Upon receipt of information from the Florida Department of State about the potential ineligibility of a voter to be registered, the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections takes the following steps:

Within seven (7) days of receiving notice from the Department of State, the supervisor will notify the voter of his or her potential ineligibility. The notice shall include the following:

A statement of the basis of potential ineligibility and a copy of any documentation upon which the determination is based.

Statement that failure of voter to respond within thirty (30) days after receipt of notice may result in determination of ineligibility and in the changing of voter’s status from eligible to ineligible.

  1. A return form for the voter to admit or deny the accuracy of the basis of potential ineligibility.
  2. Statement that the voter has the right to request a hearing with the supervisor of elections where the voter is registered.
  3. Instructions for the voter to contact the supervisor of elections if assistance is needed.
  4. Instructions for seeking restoration of civil rights following a felony conviction, if applicable. 

Voter Fails to Respond

If the voter fails to respond to the notice, the supervisor shall make a final determination of the voter’s eligibility. If the supervisor determines the voter is ineligible, the supervisor shall:

  1. remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system, and
  2. notify the voter of the determination and action.

Voter Admits Accuracy of Information

If the voter responds and admits the accuracy of the information provided by the Department of State, the supervisor shall:

  1. determine the voter ineligible to vote,
  2. remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system, and
  3. notify the voter of the determination and action taken.

Voter Denies Accuracy of Information

If the voter denies the accuracy of the information regarding potential ineligibility but does not request a hearing, the supervisor shall:

  1. review the evidence regarding the voter’s potential ineligibility, and
  2. make a determination regarding the eligibility of the voter.

If the voter is determined eligible, the supervisor will notify the voter of the determination.

If the voter is determined ineligible, the supervisor shall:

  1. remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system, and
  2. notify the voter of the determination and action taken.

If the voter denies the accuracy of the information regarding potential ineligibility and does request a hearing, the supervisor shall send a notice to the voter to attend a hearing at a time and place specified in the notice.

Upon hearing all evidence presented at the hearing, the supervisor makes a determination of eligibility.

If a voter is determined eligible, the supervisor shall notify the voter of the determination.

If a voter is determined ineligible, the supervisor shall:

  1. notify the voter of the determination, and
  2. remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system.

Notice Returned as Undeliverable

If the notice is returned by the post office as undeliverable, the supervisor shall publish notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the voter was last registered.

If the voter fails to respond within 30 days of the publication of the newspaper ad, the supervisor shall make a final determination of the voter’s eligibility.

If the supervisor determines the voter is ineligible, the supervisor shall:

  1. remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system, and
  2. notify the voter of the determination and action.