BREAKING: Judge Rules Florida’s System to Restore Voting Rights Unconstitutional

“The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its own citizens by permanently revoking the right to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a  federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida’s system unfairly relies on the personal support of the governor for citizens to regain “this fundamental right.”

In a strongly-worded ruling, he called the state’s defense of voter disenfranchisement “nonsensical” — a withering criticism aimed at Gov. Rick Scott, the lead defendant in the case.

 

“Florida strips the right to vote from every man and woman who commits a felony,” Walker wrote. “To vote again, disenfranchised citizens must kowtow before a panel of high-level government officials over which Florida’s governor has absolute veto authority. No standards guide the panel. Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration … The question now is whether such a system passes constitutional muster. It does not.”‘

Source: Judge strikes down Florida system for restoring felons’ voting rights | Tampa Bay Times


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