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 far applies only to the named plaintiffs, but there will be a trial in April about extending the ruling to the over one million former felons in Florida. Without that extension, there will be legal uncertainty and confusion that surely would depress the vote from this population.

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