As Florida’s presidential primaries near, felons’ voting status remains unclear

The Center Square

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is deliberating Florida’s appeal of an October ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who determined a 2019 law barring felons from voting unless they paid all fines and restitution was unconstitutional. A brief filed in January before the 11th Circuit for one of the plaintiffs by Campaign Legal Center, based in Washington, D.C., maintains Florida’s appeal “seeks to undermine the bedrock constitutional principle that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of wealth.”

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