Misdemeanor convictions in Florida
Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.
You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Florida. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.
You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.
Felony conviction not of moral turpitude in Florida
Can felons vote in Florida?
You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony not of moral turpitude. You can't vote until the following conditions are met:
- You have completed your sentence, including probation, parole.
- Full payment of all restitution, fines, and other fees. Note: This requirement is subject to change, please see Next Steps if you have outstanding fees.
Felony conviction of moral turpitude in Florida
You permanently lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony of moral turpitude in Florida. Your right to vote can only be restored by a formal pardon from the Governor.
Common felonies of moral turpitude include felonies involving murder or sexual abuse.
This is not a complete list of felonies of moral turpitude. If you are unsure if your conviction qualifies as a felony of moral turpitude, call or have a friend or family member call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for assistance.
Next steps for restoring voting rights in Florida
For felonies not of moral turpitude, if your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, and all restitution, fines, or other fees have been paid, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.
If you have NOT paid all restitution, fines, or other fees: Your eligibility status is part of an unfolding situation regarding the implementation of Amendment 4.
Please seek assistance from the Restore Your Vote hotline by calling (202) 857-0314 or (888) 306-8683 (toll-free) or emailing RestoreYourVote@campaignlegal.org
For assistance with fines and fees, contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition at 1-877-MY-VOTE-0.
For felonies of moral turpitude, you must apply for a formal pardon from the Governor to have your voting rights restored, only after your full sentence is completed, including parole or probation. For assistance, contact the Restore Your Vote hotline by calling (202) 857-0314 or (888) 306-8683 (toll-free) or emailing RestoreYourVote@campaignlegal.org
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