Amendment 4 is happening: Former felons can register to vote Tuesday

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections said the language was clear. Eligible felons can register on Tuesday.

The new year brings with it a big change for many Floridians. The passage of the voting restoration amendment, Amendment 4, means that as many as 1.4 million people in Florida will automatically have their voting rights restored.

Despite unclear direction from state leaders, including incoming Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, the amendment will go into effect on Tuesday, according to Pensacola elections officials.

Amendment 4, approved by nearly 65 percent of voters in November, “automatically” restores voting rights for convicted felons who have completed their sentences, paid restitution and court costs, and fulfilled probation requirements. The amendment excludes murderers and felony sex offenders.

According to local elections officials, the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections will begin processing applications from previously ineligible voters beginning Tuesday, January 8, the effective date of the Voting Restoration Amendment approved by voters in the 2018 General Election.

Voters who have previously been removed from the Florida Voter Registration Systems due to a felony conviction but are now eligible must submit a new voter registration application. Individuals who are unsure of their status should contact the Florida Office of Executive Clemency, the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where they were sentenced, the Florida Department of Corrections where they were supervised or incarcerated, or the U.S. Probation Office if in the federal court system.

Voters may register to vote online at, in person at the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Pensacola, at any Florida Driver License office, and several other governmental offices and public assistance centers. Registration applications are also available for pick up at many locations countywide and can be returned to the Supervisor of Elections office by mail or in person.