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Loss of Rights

There are only two ways you can lose your right to vote under Florida law:

  • The first way is if a judge finds that under Florida's guardianship laws, you are mentally incapacitated with regard to voting.
  • The second way is if a court has convicted you of a felony and suspended your civil rights.

Only a court can take away your right to vote.

No one else - not a guardian advocate, not an election official, not a caregiver, not a family member or anyone else, has the legal authority to prevent you from voting.

If you need assistance protecting your right to vote, you may contact Disability Rights Florida.

Guardianship

A judge can take away your right to vote if the judge finds that you are mentally incapacitated with respect to voting. If you have been found to be incapacitated but believe your rights, including your right to vote, should be restored, contact Disability Rights Florida to request assistance.

Felony Criminal Conviction

In Florida, a person who has been convicted of a felony and whose civil rights have been suspended, may not vote unless the right to vote has been restored. Help is available to people, including people with disabilities, to pursue the restoration of their rights through the Florida Parole Commission Office of Executive Clemency.

Visit the Links tab to access the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Florida Parole Commission Office of Executive Clemency websites for more information.

Campaigns

If you are a candidate or support a campaign, please read on to learn how to increase meaningful participation by improving accessibility.

We suggest that candidates and campaigns follow these guidelines:

  • Hold events and establish campaign offices in ADA-compliant accessible facilities.
  • Have sign language interpreters available for all events.
  • Use closed captioning and descriptive audio in campaign commercials/videos.
  • Have campaign materials available in alternative formats that are accessible to persons with disabilities (such as Braille, large type, on computer disk and online).
  • Make campaign websites fully accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Encourage campaign workers and staff to be sensitive to people with disabilities - their votes count just as much as everyone else’s. Make sensitivity training or materials available to campaign workers and staff. 
  • Recruit and encourage people with disabilities to join and become active in the campaign.
  • Encourage private groups supporting the campaign to adopt these guidelines.

You may distribute these guidelines in the form of a flyer available here for print in English and Spanish, or print this entire disability topic and share it with others.

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