February 19, 2020

The federal appeals court affirmed an injunction rejecting the enabling legislation passed to implement Amendment 4.

Florida cannot bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees stemming from their cases, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Tallahassee federal judge’s preliminary injunction that the implementation of Amendment 4 — approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 to allow most felons who served their time to regain the right to vote — amounted to an unfair poll tax that would disenfranchise many of them.

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