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ELECTION NEWS

Amendment 4

The Voting Restoration Amendment was the fourth proposed Constitutional Amendment on the 2018 General Election ballot. This amendment started as a citizen initiative which made ballot position through the collection of over 842,000 petition signatures. The amendment passed with 64.55% of the vote and will now be part of Florida's Constitution with an effective date of January 8,2019. 

This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment does not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who will continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

It is the voter's responsibility to confirm whether or not their voting rights have been automatically restored. Search or apply for your Restoration of Civil Rights certificate through the Florida Commission on Offender Review, Office of Executive Clemency. Starting on January 8,2019, certain convicted felons that have completed their sentences including parole and probation, will have voting rights automatically restored and will be eligible to register to vote.

The Columbia County Supervisor of Elections office will accept and process voter registration applications as usual. Voters who have been previously removed from the voter rolls due to a felony conviction must re-register to vote. Under Florida Law, all voters must be registered at least 29 days prior to Election Day in order to participate in that election. 

Online Voter Registration

 Online Voter Registration is now available via the Florida Division of Elections. Register to vote or update your current registration at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. It's secure and easy to use, more information about Online Voter Registration is available at Voter Quick Facts and Voter FAQs.

Voter Information Cards

 The Voter Information Card serves as an information card only (includes polling location, districts, party, etc.). To vote you must present photo identification with a signature such as a Florida Driver's License, Florida Identification Card, US Passport, Military ID, credit or debit card, Student ID, Retirement Center ID, Neighborhood Association ID, Public Assistance ID, Veteran Health ID (issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs), a license to carry a concealed weapon (issued pursuant to FS 790.06) or an Employee ID issued by the Federal Government, State Government, County or Municipal Government.

Check your Voter Information Card to ensure that all information is current and correct. If the residence address or last name printed on the card is different than your current residence address or current last name, please update your information with our office before voting in an election. You may your voter information at our office at 971 W Duval St., by phone at (386) 758-1026, email at registration@votecolumbia.com, or online through the link Update Voter Information/ Register. To do an address change within Columbia County or the State of Florida (and you're already a registered voter), please use the Address Change Form. Changes may also be made at our Fort White Branch Office at 17579 SW State Road 47 (open Wednesday and Thursday). Signature updates for verifying vote-by-mail and provisional ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than the start of canvassing for vote-by-mail ballots (FS 98.077).

You can check your registration status by clicking "My Registration Status" in the menu above.