Registered Voters as of 03/18/2019 REP:266,759 DEM:396,775 Other:280,269 Total:943,803

Restoration of Civil Rights

With the passage of Amendment 4 in the November 2018 General Election, the Clemency Board will temporarily postpone consideration of pending applications for restoration of civil rights while the new framework required to implement the constitutional changes is defined, which may include the need for implementing legislation in the upcoming legislative session. The Clemency Board will continue to process and hear pending applications for other forms of clemency, including commutations, pardons, restoration of firearm authority, remission of fines or forfeitures, and restoration of alien status. 

-per the Florida Commission on Offender Review website

If you have been convicted of a felony, your rights must be restored before you may register to vote.

The Rules for Executive Clemency were amended 3/9/11, and restoration of civil rights will no longer be granted automatically.

Felons who have completed their sentences may seek to have their civil rights restored by submitting an application to the state’s Board of Executive Clemency. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, applicants will be eligible to apply either five OR seven years after completion of their sentences, provided they have been crime-free and arrest-free.

The Florida Parole Commission's Web site offers a Civil Rights Restoration Search for its database, so you can determine whether or not your rights have been restored. Be sure to search under all variations of your name, including nicknames.

The Application for Clemency form has changed since March 2011. Please use the new form to avoid additional paperwork.

For more information, use the contact information below to reach the Florida Office of Executive Clemency:

The Office of Executive Clemency

4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450

Phone: (850) 488-2952
Toll-free (800) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695

This information is confidential and will only be discussed with the individual directly affected.

After confirming that your rights have been restored, you must register or re-register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application.