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‘All Terms of Sentence’ Debated in Florida Voting Rights Dispute

Nov. 6, 2019, 7:02 PM

An attorney for Florida’s governor warned the state’s highest court about the importance of its opinion on the interpretation of a constitutional amendment intended to restore voting rights to former felons.

“Elections are coming,” Joseph Jacquot, general counsel for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), told the justices of the Florida Supreme Court during oral arguments Nov. 6.

Florida is likely to play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential contest. DeSantis has asked the court for an advisory opinion to settle whether the restoration of voting rights “upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation” under the amendment ...