Federal court rules felons cannot vote in Florida if they owe fines or fees

ORLANDO, Fla. — As many as 775,000 former felons in Florida will not be able to vote if they haven’t paid all fines, fees and restitution, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court’s decision that they could go to the polls this year.In a 6-4 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta determined that the fines and fees placed on felons are not a “poll tax” as described by federal Judge Robert Hinkle in his May 26 decision.Hinkle made his ruling in a lawsuit challenging a law designed to carry out Amendment 4 restoring felons’ right to vote. The case could have…

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