TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The issue as to whether felons can be kept from voting if they haven’t paid fines, fees and restitution will be taken up by Florida’s Supreme Court.
Lawyers for Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and other state officials, as well as those arguing on behalf of felons seeking their voting rights, will appear before the court on Wednesday.READ MORE: Officials: Man On American Airlines Flight From Guatemala Hitched Ride To Miami Inside Plane's Landing Gear
Voters last year approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons who have completed their sentences. But the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill requiring that all financial obligations related to their sentences be paid before rights could be restored. DeSantis signed the bill.READ MORE: Assisted Living Facility In Lauderhill May Lose License After Woman Dies
Advocates for felons sued the state saying the law implementing the amendment was equivalent to a poll tax.
DeSantis asked the Supreme Court to clarify the amendment.MORE NEWS: Boca Raton Man Faces Charges In Fatal Crash That Killed Homestead Mom, Daughter On Thanksgiving Eve
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