“In last-minute push, DeSantis administration urges Florida election officials to remove felons who owe fines from voting rolls”

WaPo: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration delivered last-minute guidance to local election officials recommending measures that voting-rights advocates say could intimidate or confuse voters, the latest salvo in a pitched battle over who is able to cast ballots in a … Continue reading

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“How Republicans Undermined Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida: It’s a cautionary tale about the messy process of citizen-led ballot initiatives and how a dominant political party can exert its power”

NYT: When voters passed the referendum, known as Amendment 4, civil rights groups celebrated what was billed as a potentially game-changing expansion of the electorate in the nation’s biggest battleground state. White people like Mr. Gruver represent a majority of … Continue reading

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Breaking: Divided 11th Circuit, Sitting En Banc, Upholds Florida Law Making It Harder for Ex Felons To Vote without Acknowledging That Some Ex-Felons Do Not Know How Much They Owe in Fees and Fines

You can find the 200 pages of opinions and rulings at this link. From one of the dissents (Judge Martin): Second, even if a returning citizen is able to determine his original LFO obligation, then “[d]etermining the amount that has … Continue reading

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Two Trump-Appointed 11th Circuit Judges Who Sat on Florida Supreme Court When It Heard Oral Argument Over Meaning of Florida Disenfranchisement Amendment Won’t Recuse in Disenfranchisement Case Current Before the 11th Circuit

Here is the order. The judges left the Florida court before it issued the opinion, and the judges claim that the cases are not related enough to merit recusal. Mark Joseph Stern made the case earlier that this is wrong: … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court, on Divided Vote, Refuses to Vacate Stay in Florida Felon Reenfranchisement Case, Meaning Potentially Hundreds of Thousands of Former Felons Reenfranchised by Florida Voters Won’t Get to Vote in November

With at least three of the Court’s four liberal Justices dissenting, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in a case involving Florida felon voting rights, with big implications for voting in November. The procedural path of this case is complex, … Continue reading

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Breaking: Voting Rights Advocates File Emergency Petition in Supreme Court to Reinstate Florida District Court Order Blocking State Law Preventing Reenfranchisement of Felons

From the emergency petition: The district court’s permanent injunction—accompanied by a 125-page opinion of factual findings and legal analysis—remedied the State’s chaotic, unconstitutional pay-to-vote system, relying upon systems and procedures the State already employs. But in a one-sentence order with … Continue reading

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In Detailed and Thoughtful Opinion, Federal Court Holds Florida Law Requiring Ex-Felons to Repay Fines Before Restoration of Voting Rights Unconstitutional for Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay and Those Who Cannot Know How Much They Owe

You can find the 125-page opinion at this link. Howard rounds up the news stories. Among other things the court held that if the state of Florida cannot even tell former felons how much they owe to have their voting … Continue reading

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11th Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc in Florida Felon Disenfranchisement Case; Full Trial in April Over Felon Rights Likely to Lead to Greater Voting Rights

The 11th Circuit has denied rehearing en banc in a case concerning whether the Florida legislature’s attempt to make felons pay all fines and fees before having their voting rights restored under Florida’s Amendment 4 is unconstitutional. The ruling so … Continue reading

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11th Circuit Unanimously Affirms District Court Preliminary Injunction Blocking Enforcement of Florida Legislature Law Requiring Ex-Felons to Pay Fees and Fines Before Reenfranchisement

You can find the 78-page opinion at this link. It begins: On November 6, 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, a state constitutional amendment that automatically restored voting rights to ex-felon who had completed all of the terms of their … Continue reading

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