US Supreme Court asked to lift stay on Florida felon voting
Voting rights advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay on a federal judge's ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last week granted a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis to review — and stay — a May ruling by a Tallahassee federal district court judge that was deeply critical of how Florida has set up road blocks for hundreds of thousands of felons seeking access to the ballot box under a voter-approved initiative. The Campaign Legal Center, which is also representing felons in the case, said the status of the more than 85,000 people who have already registered since the voter-approved initiative went into effect in January 2019 could now be in question.
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