Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Thomas Kim

Reader 2

Nancy Neiman

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2020 Delaney B Hewitt


In this thesis I assess how Amendment Four, an initiative that gave 1.4 million ex-felons in Florida the right to vote, passed in the 2018 elections. I look at data of race, gender, and political party for voters who voted for and against the Amendment. I also look at the impact of advocacy groups who worked in Florida attempting to pass this voter restoration law. In this paper, I found that race and party affiliation play a large role in the likelihood of voting for voter restoration policies. However, party affiliation and race could not solely account for Florida’s passing of the Amendment because Florida is a majority white and Republican state, both of which account for being less likely to vote in favor of voter restoration. Therefore, I then analyze the impact that advocacy groups had on Florida’s voting population to explain the votes in favor of Amendment Four that were not party or race affiliated.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.