February 2, 2018

Federal judge rules against Florida stripping ex felons of voting rights

Washington Examiner -A federal judge in Florida ruled that a state rule prohibiting former felons from voting in elections is unconstitutional and should be changed as soon as possible.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker sided with voting rights organization Fair Elections Legal Network, the group that sued Republican Gov. Rick Scott after a handful of people who had completed their sentences and applied for voting rights were rejected.

Walker said he will decide how to fix the process. In the upcoming November election, Florida voters will decide on a constitutional amendment to give ex-cons voting rights immediately upon their release. The measure needs 60 percent support to pass.

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