Free The Vote

Free The Vote

Free The Vote 

Free The Vote

 

Rally, March and Vote on October 24th!

 

Rally, March and Vote on October 24th!

“We are calling on all returning citizens, our family members, our friends, community organizations and allies to join us on October 24th for ‘Free The Vote’; a day, where all across Florida, we rally, march and vote to protect democracy from those who would try to take it.”

-Desmond Meade, FRRC Executive Director

“We are calling on all returning citizens, our family members, our friends, community organizations and allies to join us on October 24th for ‘Free The Vote’; a day, where all across Florida, we rally, march and vote to protect democracy from those who would try to take it.”

-Desmond Meade, FRRC Executive Director

We Made History!

The FRRC passed Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Returning Citizens (people with past convictions). Right now, if you are impacted like us, and have completed all terms of your sentence, we encourage you to register to vote and regain your voice.

Vote Early!

At early voting locations, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.

Under a recent 11th Circuit decision in Jones v. Governor of Florida, returning citizens who are registered to vote but still owe fines, fees, and restitution are not eligible to vote.  No. 20-12003, 2020 WL 5493770 (11th Cir. Sept. 11, 2020).  This may be confusing to voters who registered before the 11th Circuit’s decision and have already received a voter registration card, because they may not know whether they owe anything and may be intimidated at the polls.  This is also a potential basis for electors or poll watchers to challenge certain voters.   If a voter is in doubt of their status or has been forced to vote a provisional ballot, they should contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) at 877-MY-VOTE-0.  FRRC can answer voters’ questions and help voters get objective proof that their fines have been paid in the event that an eligible voter is forced, via challenge or poll worker error, to vote a provisional ballot.  

Who We Are

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is a grassroots membership organization, led 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. FRRC built the movement to pass Amendment 4, and is leading the effort to get returning citizens and family members who are impacted by the criminal justice system registered to vote and engaged in our communities.