A federal judge in Florida has struck down Florida’s system for determining which ex-felons have the right to vote, handing an unexpected victory to advocates of broader voting rights. Florida is one of a handful of states that permanently disenfranchise convicted felons, even after they have completed the terms of their sentence. The result is […]
Some of the numbers tossed out in Judge Mark Walker’s opinion in Hand v. Scott, which was released Thursday, are simply shocking. “More than one-tenth of Florida’s voting population — nearly 1.7 million as of 2016 — cannot vote” due...
But the state isn't going to just let felons start voting if they can help it, not before the midterms, at least.
Judge Mark Walker blasted the state's process, with its "substantial risk of arbitrary and discriminatory vote-restoration," as "worse than a coin flip."
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker says a state panel that is the gatekeeper for the restoration of voting rights to felons who served their time is unconstitutional.