Millions raised to allow Florida felons to pay debts and vote

Miami (AFP) – Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, singer John Legend and basketball star LeBron James are among donors who have raised $20 million to pay the debts of thousands of Florida felons so they can vote — a move that could affect the outcome of November’s US presidential election. The Florida Rights Restoration Commission (FRRC) said Tuesday it had raised the money to pay off the debts of ex-convicts in the state who had finished their prison sentences.The organization’s work was in response to a new law in the southern state blocking the voting rights of felons who had completed their pr…

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