The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) launched a statewide bus tour in Florida to help returning citizens register to vote. The tour is also raising money for the Fines & Fees Fund dedicated to helping returning citizens pay outstanding fines and fees preventing the restoration of their voting rights. The three-week tour began in Orlando on November 2. It will be stopping in Daytona, Miami, Palm Beach and Tallahassee before returning to Orlando.
“There are enormous opportunities for folks to engage people with past felony convictions,” said Desmond Meade, executive director of FRRC. “We estimate that over 800,000 people do not have financial barriers, and we’ve just got to get the word out, and locate those people and make sure they’re registered and that they can also participate in elections.”
“And then for the remaining 500,000+ people who may have fines and fees,” Meade continued, “we’re rolling out our bus tour to let folks know that even though you have financial barriers, there are some pathways to remove those financial barriers and be registered to vote.”
FRRC received the Promoting Reentry grant as part of the Art for Justice Fund’s Fall and Spring 2018 cohorts.