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May 13, 2019

Voting Rights: Census Bureau Puts Out New Estimate Of Cost Of Citizenship Question

At a field hearing in Florida last Monday, House Democrats looked a various measures that restrict the vote in the state as they consider legislation to reimplement the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance process. Under preclearance, the formula for which the Supreme Court invalidated in 2013, some jurisdictions with histories of disenfranchisement, including five counties in Florida, would have to get federal signoff on new voting rules. But even if a new preclearance formula were to pass the House, the legislation stands little chance of being passed by the GOP-controlled Senate. House Democrats listened to testimony about voter purges in Florida and state legislation undermining a felon re-enfrachisement initiative approved by voters. Before 2013, only five of its counties were required to seek federal approval for election policy changes. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), meanwhile, has said he will sign the felon voting legislation, which will require that felons pay all fees — including steep court administration costs — rather than just the fines…

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