Last month, in a dispute over a 2019 state law, the judge ruled against the DeSantis administration aimed regarding a constitutional amendment to renew the voting rights of felons who have satisfied the terms of their sentences. To be able to vote, the law required felons to pay legal financial obligations such as court costs and fines associated with their convictions. The judge’s decision, however, said Florida cannot withhold the right to vote to felons who are truly incapable of paying financial obligations ordered by the court.
The federal judge also ruled that court fines and fees are also “taxes” aimed at financing government programs, and the obligation to pay them to vote is an illegal “poll tax.” Determining that most of the Florida felons who have served their time cannot settle unpaid court debts, the judge set out a mechanism the state can use so that felons can register and vote.
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