Florida felons can’t be barred from voting because they owe fines, judge rules

Florida felons can’t be barred from voting because they owe fines, judge rules

A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the right to vote is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled, declaring that such a requirement would amount to a poll tax and discriminate against felons who cannot afford to pay. The ruling clears the way for hundreds of thousands of citizens to register to vote in the state for the presidential election

Kathy
Kathy
Andrew 1010
Andrew 1010 1 months

I agree it would be hypocritical for a student in the 100s of thousands in debt to be able to vote while a former felon who is unable to make that $700 court fee cannot. It just sounds stupid. If you payed your time in jail and probation/parole you should most definitely be able to voice your opinion on that ballot. The exception towards murderers and sexual predators is understandable.

Rhokanth
Rhokanth 1 months

Good. I'm all for prison time being served but we seem to do all we can to make it easier for ex-cons to keep commiting crimes and keep going back to prison.

Chris Cahill
Chris Cahill 1 months

I have no problem with people who have served their full sentence having all their rights restored. But wouldn’t the completion of the full sentence also involve paying all fines and court costs?

Scott in FLorida
Scott in FLorida 1 months

This was the biggest SCAM ever here in FL Democrats went door to door telling people that this only applied to "people in prison for pot". It applies to anyone not convicted of murder or rape. Yes carjackers, bank robbers, drive by shooters that miss the target, nursing home abusers. they all get to vote now. This was the big plan to flip the state blue. Just like the leftist in Tampa that let out the criminals from the county Jail for the COVID and had a fresh murder on their hands the very same DAY!!!!!!

christine hancock
christine hancock 1 months

I know a lot of racial identity politcs and debate about voting democrat or republican is tangled up in this subject; but I don't actually care about that crap. What I want know is if felons who only need to finish paying a fine actually want to register to vote? Has anyone asked them or is this just another assumption that political people make about other people they don't personally interact with? I am on board with a number of ways to make voting more accesible, but generally I am critical of encouraging people to vote who are disinterested and uninformed. Usually, the first indicator someone isn't interested is that they aren't registered or aren't asking to register.

William
William 1 months

Why would anyone be afraid of more people voting? If your political ideologies cannot survive the majority of the population.. crazy idea, perhaps you shouldn't be vying for power over them?

IIZard
IIZard 1 months

It's not a poll tax, it's a fine.

Occam’s lazer
Occam’s lazer 1 months

After looking through all these fairly poorly articulated points regarding under what circumstances and conditions the fed can strip any or all rights from you...all I can think is that most everyone in this conversation is a filthy statist

Fin
Fin 1 months

Scares folks who want to keep the voter participation down...

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