Floridians Turn to Supreme Court to Stop State’s Pay-to-Vote Scheme

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Hundreds of thousands of Florida voters, represented by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and partners, are taking the fight for voting rights restoration to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With the deadline to register to vote in Florida’s August 2020 primary election coming up, CLC filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that would prevent hundreds of thousands of Floridians from registering and voting in this critical election year.

CLC sued in 2019 on behalf of three individual plaintiffs and a class of all affected Florida citizens. CLC’s suit – the only one brought as a class action – ensured that the ultimate ruling applies broadly to all voters seeking voting rights restoration in Florida.

Floridians must register to vote by July 20 in order to vote in the state’s August primary on August 18.

The status of the more than 85,000 people who have already registered since Amendment 4 went into effect on Jan. 8, 2019 is now up in the air. In total, up to a million voters could be affected by the outcome of this case.

Florida’s voters have spoken loud and clear – nearly two-thirds of them supported rights restoration at the ballot box in 2018. This case is about the bedrock principle that voting rights cannot be reserved for those who can afford to pay for them.

Corey handles media relations for the CLC voting rights and redistricting teams and creates online content. Follow @cgfromdc on Twitter