From Florida Action Committee:
The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center won an important legal battle in a Florida Federal Court yesterday.
As Politico reported, “U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declared key portions of the state’s felon voting law unconstitutional, ordering the state to put in place a new process that would help people register to vote in the state.
Throughout his 125-page ruling, Hinkle chided the state for a “pay-to-vote” system that he said was Byzantine because, in some instances, former felons could not even figure how much money they owed.
“This pay-to-vote system would be universally decried as unconstitutional but for one thing: each citizen at issue was convicted, at some point in the past, of a felony offense,” the judge wrote. “A state may disenfranchise felons and impose conditions on their reenfranchisement. But the conditions must pass constitutional scrutiny.”
The ACLU and SPLC were spearheading the legal battle. Now that they have won, is it our turn?!?!
Amendment 4, which gave former felons who have completed their sentence their voting rights back, excluded people who have been convicted of murder or a sexual offense. We’ve repeatedly asked why? For civil rights organizations to throw us under the bus like that, it was pretty hurtful.
But now they can make it right. Please join us in calling on the ACLU and SPLC to make it right!
You can write to ACLU of Florida at [email protected] or the SPLC [email protected] And please dont forget to remind Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition that he promised to come back for the rest of us! He can be reached at [email protected]