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Florida Temporarily Blocked From Denying Ex-Felons Voting Rights

Oct. 19, 2019, 12:49 AM

A federal judge in Florida temporarily blocked the state from denying voting rights to 17 ex-felons until they pay off court-ordered restitution.

Judge Robert Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida’s partial injunction is limited in scope. Hinkle said Oct. 18 the state can’t take any action that both prevents any of the 17 plaintiffs who filed the case from from applying or registering to vote and is based only on the plaintiffs’ failure to pay a financial obligation they are genuinely unable to afford.

Nearly two-thirds of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment in ...