In Federal Hearing, judge Appears Skeptical of Florida’s New Felon-Voting Restoration System

Florida Phoenix

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle hasn’t clearly signaled how he will rule on a challenge to the Florida Legislature’s law implementing the state’s felon voting restoration law, but he’s made one thing crystal clear: The system is a “mess.” Testimony in the federal courthouse in Tallahassee spotlighted considerable confusion facing any ex-felon who wants to register to vote. There is still no central repository of data to indicate whether they still owe money. And a confusing new voter registration form forces voters to “risk prosecution” and is “impossible to navigate,” said attorney Danielle Lang, an attorney with the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, one of the organizations challenging the law.

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