Timeline: Effort to restore former felons voting rights in Florida
In response, more than a dozen former felons and voting rights groups sued Gov. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition raised $27 million to pay off fines and fees for more than 40,000 returning citizens statewide by the Presidential Election. The FRRC led the 2018 ballot initiative to restore voting rights to ex-felons. Prior to the amendment the only way former felons would have their voting rights restored in Florida was to wait at least five years before asking the Florida Clemency Board to restore their voting rights. This amendment would automatically restore voting rights to non-violent offenders if they completed their parole and probation periods.
For minorities, 2020 Election is reminder of sacrifices made to earn right to vote
She said every election year is a sad reminder of the sacrifices made by her great uncle, Julius July Perry. “He did everything right to educate people to get out and vote,” said Mcwhite. Meanwhile, the Orange County NAACP has been also pushing black people especially to vote. “If it’s no more than just an act of symbolism, vote for the sacrifices that were made,” said Beveryle Neal. President Neal said she protested and fought as a girl for the right for blacks to be able to vote.