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Amendment restoring felon voting rights in Florida faces more setbacks

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:40:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More than 64 percent of Floridians voted in favor of it, but now Florida's Amendment Four restoring voting rights to felons is facing more setbacks.

The Atlanta-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it would 'stay' a ruling by a lower court that restored the voting rights to hundreds of thousands of felons who had outstanding debts in Florida.

The stay will remain in effect until the appeals court can review the case.

This comes after a federal judge ruled that forcing felons to pay fines before they vote is a poll tax.

Governor Ron Desantis appealed that decision.

Advocates for the amendment believe those who have served their time deserve a say at the polls.

"Those who have a felon or have felonies, they are now allowed to sit at the table," said Rebecca Joseph. "This basically means that their voices can now be heard. Things that are happening in their lives that are affecting them affecting their families."

This latest decision could affect November's elections, potentially keeping nearly 774,000 former felons from voting.