Panhandle organization helps local felons register to vote

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday marks the first day Florida's Amendment 4 goes into effect. Felons who were convicted of non-violent crimes and have served their time can now register to vote.

The League of Women Voters celebrated by helping people register across the state. In Bay County, President Cecile Scoon said four people registered at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

We met J.C. Carlisle at Tuesday's event, who registered to vote for the first time ever.

"I know it's progress in my life," said Carlisle. "When people have conversations and they say, 'You ain't got a voice unless... you not a voter or anything like that,' now I can jump in that conversation and run my mouth a little bit."

Carlisle said he knows for the first time his voice matters now that he's a registered voter.

"It's just is wonderful that our citizens of the state of Florida feel that need to welcome people back and give them a second chance," said Scoon.

"My mom always say don't judge a book by its cover, read it first," said Carlisle. "It's time for us to step up forget about our past and move on."

Carlisle said he understands why it's important for him and others to let their voices be heard.

"God gives you a second, third, fourth and fifth chance, but society is giving us another chance," said Carlisle. "So right now, we need to take advantage of that and don't make it about us, let's help that next person that's coming out of jail or went through something that know they can be apart of society."

Scoon hopes the felons registering to vote will inspire non-felons to register to vote as well.