Our Lead Organizer for South Florida, Olivia Nedd, attended the general meeting for the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County to present and engage in a discussion about Amendment 4. The Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County is focused on protecting the environment and ecology in St. Lucie County, Florida, through the promotion of proper use of lands and resources in the county. On November 6 voters across Florida will go to the polls to vote on Amendment 4, which seeks to restore the right to vote to individuals with past felony convictions, upon completion of a sentence.
Currently, 1.4 million Floridians are permanently excluded from voting, due to a prior felony conviction. A vote of yes on Amendment 4 would not only restore the right to vote to those individuals (excluding those with murder and felony convictions) but also give them a voice to address those issues they and their communities are directly impacted by. Florida Conservation Voters has taken up this fight because we believe we cannot protect our environment if everyone can not vote. The best way for us to protect Florida’s lands, waterways and air is to have people at the polls. Especially, the most vulnerable.