The Washington Post reports:
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked hundreds of thousands of felons in Florida who still owe fines and fees from registering to vote, putting a halt to what was potentially the nation’s largest re-enfranchisement of voters in more than 50 years.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta agreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) that the payment of fines and fees by ex-felons is part of their “terms of sentence” and must be satisfied before they can register.
The decision comes less than a month before the presidential swing state’s Oct. 5 deadline to register to vote for November’s general election.
In a major reversal, a federal appeals court ruled that people with felony convictions in Florida must pay court fines and fees before they can vote.
The decision overturns a lower court ruling that found the law imposed an unlawful “pay-to-vote system.” https://t.co/t4m8YdEysD
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2020
Florida felons must pay all fines before they can regain their right to vote, a federal appellate court ruled Friday. The order was a disappointment to voting-rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election. https://t.co/3eRcSQltYt
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 11, 2020
A federal appeals court has upheld a law denying voting rights to former felons in Florida if they have not paid off their court fees https://t.co/LRnLu24vBg
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 11, 2020