Amendment 4 Implementation Bills Are Yet Another Effort to Silence Voters - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Amendment 4 Implementation Bills Are Yet Another Effort to Silence Voters

Image result for Amendment 4, florida

Florida lawmakers are intent on passing legislation that will undercut the passage of rights restoration for Floridians with prior felony convictions. Florida deserves better.

Advancement Project National Office stands with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) in opposing any Amendment 4 legislation that creates additional barriers to voting for Returning Citizens who would otherwise be eligible based on the passage of Amendment 4. Any legislation proposed should neither limit the rights created by Amendment 4 nor infringe upon the will of Florida voters.

Florida’s current completion of sentence standard is built upon three basic components:

  • A person has completed incarceration
  • A person has completed probation/supervision
  • A person has paid restitution as specifically ordered by a judge

Advancement Project National Office vigorously oppose House Bill 7089 and Senate Bill 7086. Read the two letters we sent to the Florida Secretary of State opposing legislation that would undermine the will of Florida voters. Our advocacy won’t stop until Amendment 4 is fully implemented.

Read our written testimony below. 

Advancement Project Written Testimony Re FL HB 7089
Advancement Project Written Testimony Re FL SB 7086

KEEP READING

Advancement Project Turns 20

  Freedom Now! Freedom Forever! Attend our 20th anniversary celebration, Thursday, October 17. Buy Tickets Sponsor the Movement See sponsorship levels for our 20th anniversary celebration. Learn More Movement Lawyering Conference Join us on Wednesday, October 16, to learn about holistic strategies for racial justice movement lawyering. Learn More Looking into the Future In 2045, a majority of Americans will be people of color. The question is: are you ready to leverage your power?…

Read More
Enough is Enough

Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, "We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts."

Read More
Civil Rights Organization Vows to Continue Fight to Ensure All Eligible Floridians Can Register and Vote, Despite Efforts to Undermine Amendment 4

“This legislation is about deterring Floridians who are less likely to vote for the current crop of legislators from casting a ballot – and that means Black & Brown people."

Read More
It’s Shelby Week! Congress Must Pass H.R. 4 to Strengthen the Voting Rights Act

On this National Day of Racial Healing, we must recognize that people of color are not given the chance to heal from their past.

Read More
The Voting Rights Saga in Florida Continues

Judith Browne Dianis testifies at Congressional Hearing on the State of Voting Rights in Florida “As we’ve learned in Florida, it’s too late after the vote is taken and counted to protect the civil rights of people of color.  And the problem is, the federal government is not watching.” On Monday, May 6, 2019, Advancement Project National Office testified before the U.S. House Committee on Administration in Miami during a hearing on the status of voting rights in Florida. As Judith Browne Dianis, our executive director, detailed in her testimony, Florida is a battleground in…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office: ‘We Must Shed Light on Discriminatory Voting Practices Now’

National Civil Rights Organizations Launch WeVoteWeCount.org to Collect Stories of Voter Suppression, Drive Change Ahead of 2020 Presidential Election.

Read More
Because Justice Never Takes a Day Off

On April 28, 1999, Advancement Project National Office opened its doors. We were bright-eyed, yet already seasoned, ready to take on voting rights with a racial justice lens. We were winning cases and building a movement right out the door. Now that we have been addressing not only voting rights, but immigrant justice, criminal legal system issues and education justice for 20 years, some may ask what are we doing today to ensure the country’s next 20 years are freer for people of color? Glad you asked.

Read More
Voting Rights Restoration

The time is ripe to fundamentally reform our democracy.

Read More
Replacing Criminalization and Disenfranchisement with Citizenship and Voting Rights

Together, let’s vote - let's ready ourselves for 2020.

Read More