How Debt Is Impacting Voting Rights For Some Americans
Blair Bowie is legal counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, which was involved in the legal challenge to Florida's rule. It also has cases active in Tennessee and Alabama. "In our opinion, we think the federal courts have made a mistake here. They haven't recognized these laws for what they are, which is a poll tax," Bowie said. "So we have been challenging that law in court in Alabama as well. And the Florida ruling certainly makes that more difficult. In Alabama more than 100,000 people are barred from restoring their voting rights just because of legal financial obligations. And more than 15% of those people owe upwards of $10,000. That's an insurmountable barrier."
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