Florida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay off fines before voting

Florida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay off fines before voting

Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that convicted felons must pay fines and other fees related to their sentences before voting. The opinion sided with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. In 2018, Florida voters approved a measure that amended the state’s constitution to give voting rights to 1.4 million former felons. The SC decision is not legally binding but could influence future rulings.

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Read the article The governor wanted clarification from the court over certain language added to the law, which said that rights would be restored “upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation." The Governor asks whether the phrase 'all terms of sentence' encompasses legal financial obligations (LFOs) The court responded: "We answer in the affirmative, concluding that 'all terms of sentence' encompasses not just durational periods but also all LFOs imposed in conjunction with an adjudication of guilt."

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