Amendment 4 Implementation Seminar (Rights Restoration Amendment)

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Alliance for the Arts

10091 McGregor Boulevard

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Training for attorneys and advocates on rights restoration under Amendment 4.

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Cecile Scoon, League of Women Voters of Florida, Voting Rights Restoration Chair will conduct training on Amendment 4 and how to assist persons with felony convictions to register to vote under the burdens of SB 7066. For attorneys and advocates. Approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) by the Florida Bar.

Cecile Scoon received a Visual and Environmental Studies undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1981. She is currently a civil rights lawyer in Panama City, Florida. After graduating from U. Virginia School of Law in 1984, she spent five years as an active duty Air Force JAG prosecuting in military courts martial. She retired from the A.F. reserves as a Major in 2005.

Cecile attempts to protect the rights of those wronged at work due to their race, religion, age, disability, place of birth, or unwanted sexual advances.

In November 2018, 64.5 percent of 8 million Florida voters supported Amendment 4 to restore the right to vote for 1.4 million Floridians after they have completed all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. Effective January 8, 2019, returning citizens who have completed their sentences and qualify for reinstatement can register to vote. The Florida legislature passed SB 7066, a bill greatly restricting the ability of citizens with past felonies to register to vote. To assist with the heavy burden created by SB 7066, the League of Women Voters has created this CLE-approved training for volunteer attorneys (and other non-lawyer volunteers) to help persons with felony convictions register to vote.

Voting Restoration Amendment: 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 would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

The League of Women Voters of Lee County Florida (LWVLCF) is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Information on the programs and issues of the League of Women Voters is available on the web at www.lwv.org, www.lwvfl.org, and www.lwvlee.org. Call 239-278-1032 or e-mail lwvlee@lwvlee.org

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10091 McGregor Boulevard

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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