TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – In a major victory, a federal judge just struck down “Florida’s pay-to-vote system.”
The judge has demanded that the state take no steps to block people from voting based on the law Gov. Ron DeSantus signed last year to undermine Amendment 4 that voters passed in 2018.READ MORE: Estelle Hedaya, Last Victim Of Surfside Condo Collapse Identified
Plaintiffs have likened a state law to a “poll tax” because of its requirements for felons to pay financial obligations before being able to vote.READ MORE: Shake-A-Leg Celebrates 31 Years Of Making Miami One Of The Most Accessible Cities
The ruling could have a major impact on the 2020 election in Florida as it will now allow hundreds of thousands of individuals, who have completed the prison sentences, including probation, to register in the upcoming election.MORE NEWS: Cuban Who Fled Island Nation In 90s Says Today's Anti-Regime Demonstrations Are ‘Something Like I Never Seen Before’
The state is expected to appeal, but the courts have signaled they will continue to keep this case on the fast track because of Florida’s history of denying people the right to vote and the need to take care of the problem once and for all.