Nancy Chanin speaking at FRRC Press Conference November 11  

Palm Beach County friends, great news!

Last week our Constitutional Officers (State Attorney Aronberg, Public Defender Haughwout, and Clerk and Comptroller Bock) unrolled a new plan to allow people who have completed a felony sentence in PB County to register to vote NOW!

They will assist these citizens to appear in court and have a judge unlink their fees and court costs from their sentence. 

Whoever is doing Voter Registration or Criminal Justice work, PLEASE pass on the following information which has been approved by State Attorney Aronberg. You may also copy and distribute it.   

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Restoration of Voting Rights after Completion of Felony Sentence (Amendment 4)

  1. I do not owe fines, fees or court costs:

Register to vote here today, or online at registertovoteflorida.gov/home

  1. I think I owe fines, fees or court costs, and my conviction was in

Palm Beach County:

Call the PBC Public Defender at 561-355-7500.  They will look up your record to see if you owe anything, get you a free lawyer to go to court and create a plan. As soon as you sign up for the plan, you CAN register to vote!

  1. I think I owe fines, fees or court costs, and my conviction was in a different county in Florida:

Call FL Rights Restoration Coalition at 877-MyVote-0 (877-698-6830) or text FINES to 82623.

 

New Miami-Dade County Process Grants Right To Vote To Felons, Despite Ongoing Lawsuits

https://www.wlrn.org/post/new-miami-dade-county-process-grants-right-vote-felons-despite-ongoing-lawsuits

 

LWVF Voting Rights Press Conference

State Senator Linda Stewart (D – Orlando) and Representative Geraldine F. Thompson (D – Windermere) hosted a press conference that highlighted efforts to protect voting rights in Florida. Senator Stewart, who filed SB 1802 on Elections during the 2019 Legislative Session, and Representative Thompson, who filed HB 1365 during the same session, plan to file bills in 2020 addressing issues that have plagued elections in Florida for decades. They were joined by Patricia Brigham, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida and other voting advocates. CAG team members attended the press conference.

LWVFL has hired Capital Alliance Group as lobbyists this year.  Here are two good pieces from our lobbyists:

Florida Supreme Court Amendment 4 Case

The Florida Supreme Court began considering Wednesday whether a voter-approved constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of felons who complete their sentences means they also have to pay court-ordered fines, fees and restitution.

Justice Ricky Polston pointed out that the court isn’t ruling on the constitutionality of the law, but rather the definition of what a sentence includes. “Whether the whole thing goes, or whether pieces of it stay, all those things would yet to be sorted out down the road, but it’s not before us right now,” he said. Whether the legal questions are settled before Florida votes in the presidential election remains to be seen.

Palm Beach County on Amendment 4

Palm Beach County residents with felony convictions who have completed their prison time and probation but owe money can still register to vote despite efforts by the Florida Legislature to keep them from the polls, State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Thursday.

Impact of previous Federal ruling on Amendment 4

In early October, two key Republican lawmakers said they intend to address some of the highlighted problems with Amendment 4 legislation that were recently criticized by Federal Judge Hinkle in his ruling on Amendment 4.

Both Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, and his counterpart in the Senate, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, intend on passing a bill to clean up the restoration process during January’s session.

U.S. District Judge Hinkle reserved particular ire over the changes lawmakers made to the state’s voter registration form, wondering whether lawmakers intentionally changed it to discourage felons from registering, and – in essence – stated the Supreme Court will have the “last word” on whether Amendment 4 includes payment of fines, fees and restitution.

 ‘A Proud Day’: Ex-Felons Clear Final Hurdle to Vote

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/us/florida-felon-voting-rocket-docket.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

County to help return the vote to ex-felons as Amendment 4 battle rages on in Tallahassee

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191107/county-to-help-return-vote-to-ex-felons-as-amendment-4-battle-rages-on-in-tallahassee

Stop Foreign Interference in Our Elections

https://secure.brennancenter.org/secure/stop-foreign-interference-our-elections

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office OPEN HOUSE November 19, 2020, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, 7835 Central Industrial Drive Riviera Beach

https://www.pbcelections.org/Portals/PalmBeach/Documents/Office%20Forms/PDF%20What%20to%20Expect%20at%20the%20Open%20House.pdf

Next Voting Rights Coalition meeting:  Thursday, December 5, 2-4 pm, Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth Beach.  Join us!