If you need information or assistance on the restoration of civil rights, please use the contact information below to reach the Florida Commission on Offender Review’s Office of Executive Clemency.
Florida Commission on Offender Review
The Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Toll-Free: (800) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695
In Florida, a convicted felon cannot vote, serve on a jury, or hold public office until civil rights have been restored. Florida’s Rules of Executive Clemency do not provide for automatic restoration of civil rights. Clemency is an act of mercy that absolves the individual upon whom it is bestowed from all or any part of the punishment that the law imposes.
The Lee County Supervisor of Elections is not vested with the power to grant clemency and restore civil rights. Executive Clemency and restoration of civil rights is a power vested in the Governor by the Florida Constitution. Through the Florida Commission on Offender Review’s Office of Executive Clemency, the Governor and two members of the Governor’s Cabinet have the power to grant clemency and restore civil rights.
If the Supervisor of Elections receives information that a voter in Lee County has been convicted of a felony, the Supervisor shall contact the voter by certified mail. The mailing will include a letter that details the information received by the Supervisor, a copy of the Felony Judgment, a Voter Acceptance or Denial of Eligibility form, an application for clemency, and a postage-paid return envelope.
If you have received a letter from our office informing you of potential removal from the voter registration rolls and have questions, please call us at (239) LEE-VOTE (533-8683) and ask to speak to the Director of Voter Registration. The Director of Voter Registration will assist you with questions related to the mailing.
You may register to vote once your civil rights have been restored. Please note that in registering to vote in Florida, you will affirm that you are not a convicted felon, or if you have, your rights with respect to voting have been restored. If you are unsure of your civil rights status, you may visit https://fpcweb.fcor.state.fl.us. If a search is completed on the website database and clemency has been granted, a Certificate of Clemency will be available to view and print.
If you were convicted of a felony in another state, Florida honors the voting rights restoration process of that state. Clemency documentation is not required in order to register to vote in Florida if your rights have been restored in another state. The restoration process for each state can be viewed on the Restoration of Rights Project's website at restoration.ccresourcecenter.org.
The Lee County Supervisor of Elections provides access to the Restoration of Rights Project's website for reference only. We do not provide advice or conclusions for any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need more information about the process for restoration of civil rights in Florida, please contact the Office of Executive Clemency.