Florida Can’t Bar Felons From Voting Over Unpaid Fees, Panel Rules

Courthouse News Service

Florida cannot deny the right to vote for felons unable to pay restitution or fines, the 11th Circuit ruled Wednesday in a limited decision. The American Civil Liberties Union, Campaign Legal Center and other criminal justice groups that represented the plaintiffs applauded the ruling. “We are pleased that the court’s decision today affirms our position that lack of wealth cannot be a barrier to one’s ability to vote,” said Paul Smith, vice president at Campaign Legal Center

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