CLC to Present Oral Arguments Before Eleventh Circuit on Florida’s Modern-Day Poll Tax with Press Conference to Follow


ATLANTA, Ga. – On the morning of Tuesday, January 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will hear oral arguments in the ongoing Jones v. DeSantis litigation challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s modern-day poll tax on citizens with felony convictions that were re-enfranchised by Amendment 4, but who are unable to pay legal financial obligations such as court fines and fees. This case has been consolidated with Gruvar v. Barton, Raysor v. Lee, and McCoy v. DeSantis

Immediately following the court proceedings, Rosemary McCoy, the named plaintiff in the McCoy v. DeSantis case will be joined by counsel from the ACLU, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The oral arguments will focus on Governor Ron DeSantis’s appeal of the District Court’s preliminary injunction of SB 7066 and are being heard on an expedited schedule that could determine whether all Floridians with felony convictions and financial hardship will be able to vote in the presidential primary elections on March 17. 

In order to facilitate the press conference, if you would like to attend in-person, remotely by phone, or receive a transcript or video footage.




Oral Arguments in Jones v. DeSantis

Between 9AM ET - 10AM ET

Courtroom 338

Elbert T. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building

56 Forsyth Street, N.W.

Atlanta, GA


End Florida’s Modern-Day Poll Tax Press Conference

10:30AM ET

Southern Center for Human Rights

60 Walton Street, N.W.

Atlanta, GA



  • Rosemary McCoy, named plaintiff and voting rights activist

  • Julie Ebenstein, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU 

  • Danielle Lang, Co-Director of Voting Rights & Redistricting for the Campaign Legal Center

  • Nancy Abudu, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center

  • James “Major” Woodall, President of the Georgia NAACP

  • Tariq Baiyina, Community Organizer for IMAN Atlanta