FED UP Movement approved to register voters in Florida
Organization begins campaign before March's municipal elections
By: FED UP Movement
FED UP's campaign to register disenfranchised ex-felons will allow some individuals to take part in elections for the first time in years, if not decades. Sixty-four percent of voters in the midterm election voted yes to Amendment 4, which automatically restores voting rights back to convicted felons once they have paid restitution and completed parole, probation or prison time Previously, individuals had to apply to have their voting rights restored on an individual basis. The backlog of cases being considered for restoration of voting rights to ex-felons by this process included over 10,000 names.
"We are eager to begin registering people who have already paid their debt to society. Under the old system, thousands were prevented from having their fair say in laws that apply to them." Attiyya Atkins, founder and head, FED UP Movement.
Positive Impact on Communities
People that live in urban communities in South Florida are often unregistered to vote. Urban communities are often the first to feel the effect of laws and policies that affect the poor and under-educated. The FED UP Movement's approval to register voters will allow them to positively impact these communities for years to come.
Founded in 2012, FED UP Movement is the brainchild of writer, business woman and activist, Attiyya Atkins. The goal of the organization is to educate and empower the disenfranchised and urban youth to better themselves and to improve their communities. For more information visit http://www.fedupmovement.org.