Former felons voting rights officially restored

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- Florida has now joined several states that will restore voting rights to nearly 1.5 former convicted felons that have completed their sentence, including parole or probation.

The new voting law is effective today, however, does not apply to felons that were convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

“It’s a great feeling, it's a feeling within, that you have to go through that hardship understand what it is," stated Clarence Foxx, a former convicted felon.

Many former convicted headed to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office today to register to vote.

“It’s a historic date here across the state when you think about citizens who have not been able to participate and have a say in their community, and now they're able to, it’s a very exciting day," stated Kim Barton, Supervisor of Elections in Alachua County.

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office will be hosting a new voters' February 4th at 6 p.m. for new and restored voters who are looking to be educated about the process of voting.