A federal judge has declared that Florida’s ban on ex-felons’ right to vote after they’ve served their sentence is unconstitutional.
The judge ruled the process puts too much emphasis on the personal decision of Governor Rick Scott.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, “Scott was the principal architect of the current system that requires all felons to wait at least five years after they complete their sentences, serve probation and pay all restitution, to apply for [the] right to vote and other civil rights.”
Floridians will vote this November on a ballot measure that would restore voting rights to more than a million ex-felons.
Although nearly every state bars incarcerated criminals from voting, only Florida and three others, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia do not automatically restore voting rights at the completion of a criminal sentence.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 1.5 million Floridians are currently ineligible to vote due to past felony convictions.
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