Ex-felons’ voting rights on hold in Florida after court agrees to hear DeSantis’ Amendment 4 appeal

Orlando Sentinel

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit had already upheld Hinkle’s first ruling in October, which affected just the 17 plaintiffs in the lawsuit by the ACLU, Campaign Legal Center and other voting rights groups. The court also denied a request by DeSantis for the full court to review that decision. “Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of the Campaign Legal Center. “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent. We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.”

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