Amendment 4

Abukar Adan / WJCT NEWS

The American Civil Liberties Union in Jacksonville Thursday led a discussion on its priorities heading into the next Florida legislative session, which are:  criminal justice, immigrant rights and voting rights. 

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Two Jacksonville women are part of a federal lawsuit challenging a new state law that requires felons to first repay all financial penalties - such as court fees and restitution - before their right to vote is restored.

News Service of Florida

Karen Leicht spent nearly three years in federal prison and three months on probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in 2010.

Critics Blast Florida House Plan Creating Conditions For Ex-Felons To Vote

Mar 19, 2019
Grieco speaks at the Capitol
News Service of Florida

Felons would have to clear up any financial obligations, including court costs, fees and fines, before having their voting rights restored, under a House proposal castigated by critics Tuesday as a modern take on Jim Crow-era poll taxes designed to keep black voters from participating in elections.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Several dozen people who served prison sentences congregated at the Duval County Supervisors of Election downtown Tuesday morning to register to vote.

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis Campaign / Twitter

In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, Florida Governor-elect, Ron DeSantis, said that Amendment 4, approved by 64.55 percent of the state’s voters, should not go into effect until “implementing language” is approved by the Legislature and then signed by him.

11/2/18: Early Voting; Pinellas County; Amendment 4

Nov 2, 2018
row of poll booths
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at how voting is going with just days left before the midterm elections, how one county is a microcosm of Florida politics and how Amendment 4 could drive voter turnout.

Florida voters overwhelmingly support a proposal to restore felons’ voting rights, known as Amendment 4.

That was one finding in a University of North Florida poll out Monday.

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

But Democrats seeking the state Cabinet post oppose Bondi’s handling of the legal battle and support a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters in November, would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences.

solar panels on roof
Marufish via Flickr

A solar power amendment Florida voters passed last month will likely cost the city of Jacksonville a hefty chunk of property tax revenue.  

solar panels
U.S. Navy / Flickr

Primary-election voters Tuesday approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida.

8/17/16: John Rutherford; Amendment 4; UF Accreditiation

Aug 17, 2016
Kevin Meerschaert

Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, a candidate in Florida's District 4 congressional race, appeared on First Coast Connect on Tuesday. 

Also on the program, Steve Smith, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, talked about solar energy Amendment 4, which is on the Aug. 30 ballot. We also heard about a prestigious honor awarded to University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

This article was updated at 2:45 p.m.

With primary early voting underway, WJCT News is taking a close look at what voters are deciding in our series, “What’s On Your Ballot?”

State Constitutional Amendment 4, which would make it cheaper for property owners and businesses to buy and install solar panels, is the first of two opposing solar amendments Floridians will vote on this year.