HOW TO ACCESS THE DREAM RE-ENTERING CITIZENS FUND FOR SERVICES
Donations of any size are encouraged beginning at $5 and up (can type in any amount)
During the 2019 Florida legislative session, the Dream Foundation ...through its advocacy, fought to help legislators find a "third way" for dealing with the implementation of Amendment 4... that did not require payment of fees and fines as a barrier to the right to vote. While the Dream Foundation, along with others, believe that the bill that is SB 7066 (which implements the Amendment 4 constitutional amendment) leaves out hundreds of thousands voters made eligible to vote by the plain language of the amendment, we also know that SB 7066 will provide for an unequal process for registering to vote from county to county. That will find its way through the courts, however we will not sit idly by while that legal process plays out.
Registering those Floridians made eligible to vote in our constitution, although usurped by political hankering... will not only require monies to assist those who we know are not in financial position to pay certain fees, but to also work across purposes with other organizations to work with the courts and supervisors of elections offices to develop systems that allow for a seamless approach to getting those citizens registered to vote. All will require monetary resources, which The Dream Foundation has created a new program that will focus on doing just that.
We encourgae you to donate to the "Dream Re-entering Citizens Fund" either here or by mailing a check to our office. We also encourgage you to attend the various fundraising events to be held around the state of Florida for that purpose as well.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: GIVE TO THE DREAM
What The "Dream Re-entering Citizens Fund" program does:
- Fund statewide infrastructure to work with other organizations and the legal community ( including local Judges, State Attorneys and Clerk of Courts) to seek the waiver of fines and fees that hinder returning citizens from registering to vote
- Research and help individuals determine what fees and fines are outstanding
- Provide grants, working with the legal community, to help fund legal fees when pro bono assistance is unavailable for those seeking their voting rights per Amendment 4 statute
If you are a Florida resident, or someone with a felony record in the state of Florida ...and would like to register to vote, but you are prohibited because of oustanding fees or fines, please fill out the form below and submit it with as much detail as possible. If you need to provide more lengthy information, please send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dream Foundation, Inc " Dream Reentering Citizens Fund" staff will then be in contact with you to begin the work of providing necessary research and representation to assist you with seeking the relief necessary and available that will allow you to obtain your voting rights in Florida. Any information that you send to the Dream Foundation and all communications regarding your specific case is confidential.