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Restoration of Voting Rights

How to Restore your Right to Vote after a Felony Conviction

If you have a felony conviction and your voting rights have not been restored, you are not allowed to register to vote. If you are a registered voter and the Florida Division of Elections is notified by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the U.S. Attorney, or other agency, that you have been convicted of a felony, the Division of Elections will research the matter. If the Division determines that you have been correctly identified and that you have been convicted of a felony, they will pass all of the pertinent information to the Supervisor of Elections Office. Our office will notify you that you have been identified as a convicted felon and will give you the opportunity to present evidence showing that you are not a convicted felon. If the evidence indicates that you are indeed a convicted felon, your name will be removed from the voter rolls.  If the evidence confirms that you are not a convicted felon and your rights were not taken away, you will remain an active voter.

If you have reason to believe you may be identified as having a felony conviction, you should contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the action may have been initiated for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to confirm your status.

If you have a felony conviction and believe your voting rights have been restored or you wish to make an application to have your rights restored, you should contact the Office of Executive Clemency.

Listed below are agencies that will help you in correcting any misinformation or assist you in the clemency process.

Standard Governing Eligiblity - LINK

Hernando County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Hernando County Government Center
20 N. Main St. 
Brooksville, Florida 34601

Web Site: Hernando County Clerk of Court

Florida Department of Law Enforcement - FDLE

Post Office Box 1489
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
877-822-1991 – Toll Free or 850-410-7000

Web Site: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center - FDLE

4211 North Lois Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33614
800-226-1140 or 813-878-7300
Fax 813-878-7303

Brooksville Field Office - FDLE


Florida Office of Executive Clemency

4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL  32399-2450
Fax 850-488-2952

Web Site: Florida Commission on Offender Review

Request to restore civil rights: Restoration of Civil Rights Request Form

Inquiries on civil rights status and certificates for those whose rights have been restored:  Restoration of Civil Rights Search

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