Restoration of Voting Rights - FAQs

  1. If I have been convicted of a misdemeanor, are my voting rights affected? No. Only a felony conviction affects civil rights and voting. (Section 97.041, Florida Statutes)
  2. If I am on probation, may I vote in Florida? Felony probation must be completed before civil rights may be restored. Once your civil rights are restored, you must register to vote by the book closing deadline (29 days before an election) to be eligible to vote in Florida. (Rules 6, 9, 10A, and 10B, Rules of Executive Clemency, State of Florida)
  3. If I have been arrested and am awaiting trial, may I vote? If you are otherwise eligible to vote and are registered to vote in Florida, then you may vote in Florida.
  4. If my rights have been restored, do I need to bring my certificate when I register to vote? No. If your rights have been restored, you do not need to present your certificate for voter registration. Just fill out the Florida Voter Registration Application completely and return it to your local supervisor of elections by the deadline.
  5. If my voting rights have been restored, what do I do next so that I may vote? In order to vote, you must register to vote in Florida by the book closing deadline. To register to vote, complete a Florida Voter Registration Application. Florida Voter Registration Applications may be obtained in the following ways:
    • Download the form from www.SarasotaVotes.com.
    • Call (941) 861-8619 and request that a voter application be mailed to you.
    • Pick up a form in person at any supervisor of elections office.
    • Pick up a form in person at any public library, any office that provides public assistance, any office that serves persons with disabilities, any center for independent living.

  6. When is the deadline to register to vote? In order to vote in any election, you must be registered to vote twenty-nine (29)days prior to that election.