The voting rights if people in Florida with past felony convictions have been in limbo since the 2018 passage of Amendment 4, that was supposed to restore rights to former felons (other than those with a murder or sex offense conviction) who have completed their sentence.
Governor DeSantis’ administration, however, thought “completed their sentence” should include paying off all fines and fees, which most will never be able to pay. That rendered them ineligible to vote, until a Federal District Court Judge said otherwise. The inability to pay a fee will not render someone ineligible to vote. That victory was short lived, as the 11th Circuit reversed that decision Friday.
The decision is believed to have a substantial impact on the upcoming presidential election.