Florida Senate - 2014 SJR 1612 By Senator Clemens 27-01408-14 20141612__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 3 of Article VI of the State Constitution, relating to 4 disqualifications from voting and holding public 5 office, to automatically restore the voting rights and 6 right to hold public office of felons under certain 7 circumstances. 8 9 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article VI of 12 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 13 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 14 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 15 authorized by law for that purpose: 16 17 ARTICLE VI 18 SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS 19 20 SECTION 4. Disqualifications.— 21 (a) No person convicted of a felony, or adjudicated in this 22 or any other state to be mentally incompetent, shall be 23 qualified to vote or hold office, except as follows: 24 (1) If convicted of a felony of a sexual nature or a felony 25 involving a homicide, upon restoration of civil rights. 26 (2) If convicted of any felony not specified in paragraph 27 (1), upon completion of sentence. 28 (3) If adjudicated mentally incompetent, upon
until29 restoration of civil rights orremoval of disability. 30 (b) No person may appear on the ballot for re-election to 31 any of the following offices: 32 (1) Florida representative, 33 (2) Florida senator, 34 (3) Florida Lieutenant governor, 35 (4) any office of the Florida cabinet, 36 (5) U.S. Representative from Florida, or 37 (6) U.S. Senator from Florida 38 39 if, by the end of the current term of office, the person will 40 have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that 41 office for eight consecutive years. 42 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 43 placed on the ballot: 44 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 45 ARTICLE VI, SECTION 4 46 AUTOMATIC RESTORATION OF CERTAIN FELONS’ CIVIL RIGHTS.—Proposing 47 an amendment to the State Constitution to automatically restore 48 the right to vote and hold office of a person convicted of a 49 felony upon completion of sentence, unless the person was 50 convicted of homicide or a sexual offense, in which case 51 restoration of civil rights must be granted by the Board of 52 Executive Clemency. The amendment maintains the requirement that 53 a person declared mentally incompetent must have that disability 54 removed before voting or holding office.