Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives presents a Deliberative Dialogue
Restoring Felons' Voting Rights in Florida: Perspectives on Amendment 4
Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Andreas Building, Room 112
Barry University, Miami Shores
Free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be provided.
An estimated 1.6 million Florida citizens are barred from voting in state and federal elections because they are former felons. According to the Campus Election Engagement Project, this is the highest rate in the nation, and the number includes one in five adult African Americans living in Florida.
On November 6, Floridians will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons. If approved by 60 percent of voters, the amendment would restore voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they fully complete their sentences.
Proponents of the amendment argue that reinstating felons’ voting rights is a matter of civil rights and racial justice, while those against it claim Amendment 4 is really about altering Florida’s electorate for partisan purposes.
Join a panel of local activists, faculty, students, and community partners to explore the reasoning behind the arguments for and against Amendment 4.
The Deliberative Dialogue Series is a Barry QEP/PSR-designated event. forums for working