This Week: FL Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons

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Florida Supreme Court Curbs Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons: The Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion backing an effort by Florida Republicans to require ex-felons to pay off court fines before regaining the right to vote. The opinion comes after lawmakers passed a bill undermining a felon re-enfranchisement constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018. The opinion however did not say that ex-felons should be required to pay off administrative fines not associated with their sentences, as Republicans have argued. GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis praised the opinion, which said, “voting is a privilege that should not be taken lightly.”

The Wisconsin Voter Purge Roller Coaster Races On: Whether 200,000-plus people get removed from Wisconsin’s voter rolls before the 2020 elections remains a chaotic and fluid situation. An appeals court temporarily halted a lower court’s order enforcing the purge. It also blocked the lower court’s move to hold election officials in contempt and impose fines for their delay in implementing the ordered purge. The litigation is a result of a lawsuit brought by a conservative group that alleged election officials were breaking the law for not purging quickly enough registrants who failed to respond to mailers confirming their registration.

MO Supreme Court Guts Photo Voter ID Requirement: An extended legal battle over Missouri photo voter ID requirement ended Tuesday with a final ruling from the state Supreme Court that allows Missourians without a photo ID to vote with another form of identification. Missouri had tried to require those voters to sign a legal affidavit, but the court permanently nixed the requirement because it found the affidavit language to be “misleading” and “contradictory.”

Photo Voter ID Effort Revived In Nebraska: Again, Nebraska Republicans will try to enact a photo ID requirement. The measure being pushed is a constitutional amendment. Its language is vague, leaving unclear exactly what form of photo identification would be acceptable under the law.

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