REPORT: Felons will be required to pay court fees before voting under new law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to sign a bill within days that would require ex-felons to pay off restitution, court fees and fines before registering to vote, according to Bloomberg News.

Nearly two-thirds of voters backed an amendment to the state’s constitution in November to restore voter registration rights to about 1.4 million ex-convicts in the Sunshine State. However, Republican lawmakers passed a bill requiring the payments in a move critics say is intended to blunt Amendment 4’s impact.

The article goes on to state the following:

“There’s just no way to get around the fact that the Legislature did everything it could to undermine Amendment 4,” Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, told Bloomberg News. “I don’t think it’s consistent with the will of the voters, and it’s not consistent with the text of Amendment 4.”

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