PRESS RELEASE

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Launches Election Integrity Campaign in Response to Voter Fraud Arrests in Florida

 

PRESS RELEASE

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Launches Election Integrity Campaign in Response to Voter Fraud Arrests in Florida

 

 

ORLANDO, FLMay 5, 2022 — On Friday, May 6, 2022, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) will hold a news conference to address the recent voter fraud arrests in Florida. In recent weeks, several returning citizens in the state have been charged or arrested after being registered by their local supervisor of elections.

FRRC led Amendment 4, the constitutional amendment campaign that restored voting rights for 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida back in 2018.  FRRC wants to ensure that those 1.4 million Floridians get to take advantage of that right.  “Any citizen who wants to participate in democracy, and genuinely believes that they are eligible should not be punished because the state does not do their job,” says Executive Director Desmond Meade. 

Unfortunately, the state’s confusing voter system for returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) has impacted the most vulnerable voters in the system. Currently, the state has no statewide database or one-stop system in place to give returning citizens assurances about their voting eligibility and/or flag those who attempt to register to vote by mistake before penalties are handed down.

“If citizens of this state cannot rely on its government to make a determination of eligibility before the fact, who can they rely on?” asks Deputy Director Neil Volz.  

FRRC is committed to:

  • Continue to serve as a resource for returning citizens in the state who have challenges participating in the election process.

  • Advocate for a statewide database that would create a more efficient way to determine voting eligibility for Florida’s returning citizens and better manage state resources.

  • Build off of our already existing “Fines and Fees Assistance Program” to create a working group of attorneys and professionals to assist in immediately providing determinations of voting eligibility for returning citizens.

FRRC, led by Executive Director Desmond Meade, who is nationally recognized, led the constitutional amendment campaign that restored voting rights for 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida back in 2018.  After Amendment 4 was passed, lawmakers passed a bill requiring returning citizens to pay their court costs and restitution before being eligible to vote. It is the byproduct of this obligation that has caused much of the recent controversy. The state’s inability to create a statewide voter verification database that provides voting eligibility has also caused confusion.

Agenda

Who: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

What: FRRC Responds to Voter Fraud Arrests

Where: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Headquarters

Address: 4081C L B McLeod Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

When: Friday, May 6, 2022

News Conference: 11 a.m.

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About the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

FRRC is a grassroots, membership organization run primarily by Returning Citizens (Formerly Convicted Persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety..

For interview requests or further information contact Kinyatta Wright at kinyatta@floridarrc.org, or at the phone number, 407-664-6451.