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Florida Law on Felon Voting Survives Challenge Over Paying Debts

Oct. 19, 2021, 12:10 AM

A Florida law that requires felons to pay off all debts related to their convictions before they can vote will stand after the Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that the citizens who brought the case needed to prove that the law was intentionally discriminatory.

Florida voters amended the state constitution in 2018 to allow most people with felony convictions to vote once their sentences were served. The Florida Legislature later amended the law to require that people pay all “legal financial obligations” related to their crimes before having their voting rights restored.

Rosemary McCoy and Sheila Singleton, the plaintiffs, said that ...

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