Florida high court set to clarify voting rights for felons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to clarify whether the state can continue restricting voting privileges to felons who have unpaid fines and fees.

Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked the high court for an advisory opinion amid legal challenges to a new state law implementing the restoration of voting rights for former felons.

Voters last year overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to as many as 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences.

In response, the Republican-controlled Legislature stipulated that to complete sentences felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored. DeSantis signed the bill into law, and voting rights groups sued in federal court.

The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would hear oral arguments on the governor’s request in November.

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