Opinion: Florida Supreme Court Advisory Opinion Has No Impact on Federal Voting Rights Case Over Fines and Fees

Tampa Dispatch

Today, the Florida Supreme Court issued a non-binding advisory opinion stating that the phrase “all terms of sentence” in Amendment 4 encompasses financial obligations, such as fines, fees and restitution as a requirement for the restoration of voting rights for otherwise eligible citizens with felony convictions. Danielle Lang, co-director of voting rights and redistricting, released the following statement: “The decision today by the Florida Supreme Court changes nothing in the ongoing federal lawsuit. We will continue to fight to ensure that people with felony convictions are not denied the right to vote based on their inability to pay.

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