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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Pending Hearing, US Appeals Court Blocks Judge’s Ruling Allowing Felons to Vote in Florida

A federal appeals court granted Florida’s governor a permanent injunction Wednesday, putting on hold a judge’s ruling that had dramatically expanded the number of eligible voters in the state to include former felons unable to pay their court fines and fees.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta said its full panel of judges intends to consider the appeal by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Appeals judges there had already ruled at least twice against DeSantis during preliminary issues raised in the case. The court did not immediately set a schedule for written briefs and oral arguments.

The appeals court’s decision throws into turmoil the question of how many felons and which ones may be able to vote in Florida during the 2020 elections, with the Aug. 18 primaries only about six weeks away. The deadline for new voters to register to vote in Florida’s primaries is July 20, less than three weeks away.

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