The governor of Florida implored a federal appeals court to allow legislation mandating former criminals with the eligibility to vote to pay victim compensation and court fine before they allowed to cast a ballot. The law could exclude thousands of voters from the swing state polls.
Multiple judges questioned the state’s lawyer regarding how the law cannot be deemed unconstitutional discrimination against poor individuals, and Florida’s inability to inform former felons—plaintiffs included—regarding amounts owed, essentially forbidding them from taking care of the fees and damages allowing them to vote.
Although Florida voters revoked a restriction on voting for millions of former felons back in 2018, Florida’s governor, a Republican, signed a law enforcing limits on the measure, including those at the center of the legal proceedings. The case may affect this year’s presidential election as President Donald Trump won Florida by a margin of just over one percent.
To read more, visit https://www.bloomberg.com/ news/articles/2020-08-18/ florida-asks-court-to-revive- law-barring-some-ex-felons- votes .
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