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This Week: FL Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons

Voting rights primer
January 20, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Florida Supreme Court Curbs Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons: The Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion backing an effort by Florida Republicans to require ex-felons to pay off court fines before regaining the right to vote. The opinion comes after lawmakers passed a bill undermining a felon re-enfranchisement constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018. The opinion however did not say that ex-felons should be required to pay off administrative fines not associated with their sentences, as Republicans have argued. GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis praised the opinion, which said, “voting is a privilege that should not be taken lightly.”

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