Next Tuesday, more than a million ex-felons will get their chance to register to vote again. This comes after more than 60 percent of Florida residents voted to approve Amendment 4 in November giving felons convicted of non-violent crimes who have served their time and paid all court fees the right to vote. Prior to Amendment 4, felons had to wait at least five years after completing their sentence before they could file a request to restore their voting rights with the Florida governor and Cabinet. About 1.5 million people are affected. Nearly all states allow felons to vote after completing their sentences. However, some ex-felons worry there may be a delay in restoring their voting rights after Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis told the Palm Beach Post last month that the amendment should take effect after lawmakers meet in March and pass “implementing language” in a bill that he signs.
KT Thompson said he and so many other convicted felons who have served their time have earned their right to vote.
“(We) haven’t had the right to vote or haven’t had the chance to vote. “We want our voices to be heard, too,” said Thompson.
Thompson said he was jailed for eight and half years on felony drug charges and now spends his time in his community motivating people to make better choices. He’s also written several books hoping to encourage teens specifically to stay on the right track.