Florida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Felons To Pay Off Fines Before They Can Vote
“If not enjoined, the law will have a massive disenfranchising effect, and result in sustained, and likely permanent, disenfranchisement for individuals without means,” lawyers wrote in one suit. “It creates two classes of returning citizens: those who are wealthy enough to vote and those who cannot afford to. This disenfranchisement will be borne disproportionately by low-income individuals and racial minorities, due to longstanding and well-documented racial gaps in poverty and employment.” The civil rights groups representing the plaintiffs are the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Campaign Legal Center.
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