felon voting rights

Texas Upholds Draconian Conviction for Woman Who Cast an 'Illegal Vote' in 2016: 'It's a Tragedy'

Texas Upholds Draconian Conviction for Woman Who Cast an 'Illegal Vote' in 2016: 'It's a Tragedy'

Crystal Mason, sentenced to five years in prison for casting an illegal ballot, had her appeal denied by a Texas judge last week. Read more...
Court Rules in Favor of Ex-Felons Over Florida Voting Law

Court Rules in Favor of Ex-Felons Over Florida Voting Law

Republican attempts to suppress the voting rights of anyone who may be against them have become more and more prevalent in recent years. Luckily, courts have been stepping in to hit them with a “Nah.”
Appeals Court Sides With Ex-Felons Who Challenged Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law

Appeals Court Sides With Ex-Felons Who Challenged Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law

A federal appeals court on Wednesday sided with ex-felons who sued Florida over a recent GOP law that undermined a...
House Oversight Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill

House Oversight Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill

House Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill: Even as the measure has no chance of becoming law any time soon, a...
This Week In Voting Rights: MO GOP Revives Push To Undo Redistricting Reform

This Week In Voting Rights: MO GOP Revives Push To Undo Redistricting Reform

Missouri Redistricting Fight Heats Up: Missouri Republicans are trying yet again to dismantle the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment approved by voters...
This Week: FL Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons

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

Florida Supreme Court Curbs Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons: The Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion backing an effort by...
Black Woman Faces Prison Over Voting Law Created to ‘Rescue White People From the Curse of Negro Domination’

Black Woman Faces Prison Over Voting Law Created to ‘Rescue White People From the Curse of Negro Domination’

The morning after suffering a miscarriage in July, Lanisha Bratcher came face-to-face with yet another cruel reality of being black in America. Read more...
New Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to More Than 100,000 Formerly Incarcerated

New Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to More Than 100,000 Formerly Incarcerated

Fresh into his new job as governor of Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday to restore voting rights to more than 140,000 formerly incarcerated Kentuckians—a move that
State Lawyers Say Judge's Ruling Will Nullify Florida Law Restoring Ex-felons' Voting Rights

State Lawyers Say Judge's Ruling Will Nullify Florida Law Restoring Ex-felons' Voting Rights

A federal judge ruled in October that it is unconstitutional for Florida to make ex-felons who have completed their sentences pay fines, legal fees, and restitution before having their voting rights
Challengers To Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law Targeting Ex-Felons Get Preliminary Win

Challengers To Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law Targeting Ex-Felons Get Preliminary Win

Florida will not be allowed to block ex-felons who cannot afford to pay certain court fees from registering to vote...
Black Ex-Felons Will Bear the Brunt of Florida’s New ‘Poll Tax’ Law, According to Findings of New Study

Black Ex-Felons Will Bear the Brunt of Florida’s New ‘Poll Tax’ Law, According to Findings of New Study

Some 80 percent of Florida’s ex-felons eligible to vote will be barred from registering under a new state law, including a disproportionate number of blacks, despite a clear majority of voters
Nevada Governor Signs Bill Automatically Restoring Felons’ Right To Vote

Nevada Governor Signs Bill Automatically Restoring Felons’ Right To Vote

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed a bill on Wednesday evening that automatically restores former felons’ right to vote in...
What Will The Biggest Obstacles To The Ballot Box Be In 2020?

What Will The Biggest Obstacles To The Ballot Box Be In 2020?

The blue wave of 2018 featured historic midterm turnout, while voters in some states, like Michigan and Florida, approved ballot...
Voting Rights: After Blue Wave, GOP States Move To Restrict The Vote

Voting Rights: After Blue Wave, GOP States Move To Restrict The Vote

Last week saw a number of states move forward with measures making it harder to vote. The wave comes after...
Florida Officially Passes Law Requiring Ex-Felons To Pay Off Huge Fees To Vote

Florida Officially Passes Law Requiring Ex-Felons To Pay Off Huge Fees To Vote

In the final step for what Democrats feel is the complete bastardization of a ballot amendment passed in 2018, the...
A Poll Tax By Any Other Name: Florida’s Senate Mandates Bill Payment Before Felons Get to Vote

A Poll Tax By Any Other Name: Florida’s Senate Mandates Bill Payment Before Felons Get to Vote

Last week, Florida’s House set things in motion with regard to mandating felons meet certain “financial obligations” before having their voting rights restored, and now Florida’s Senate has followed
Is This the New Poll Tax? Florida House Passes Bill Requiring Former Felons to Pay Up Before They Can Vote

Is This the New Poll Tax? Florida House Passes Bill Requiring Former Felons to Pay Up Before They Can Vote

In November, people in the state of Florida voted “yes” on Amendment 4—an initiative that would restore voting rights to more than one million former felons. Read more...
FL House Votes To Require Ex-Felons Pay Back Huge Fees Before Re-Enfranchisement

FL House Votes To Require Ex-Felons Pay Back Huge Fees Before Re-Enfranchisement

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a resolution to require former felons to pay potentially thousands of dollars...
Florida Republicans are making it harder for former felons to claim their new voting rights

Florida Republicans are making it harder for former felons to claim their new voting rights

One crucial proposal is to require them to pay off all restitution, court fines, and fees associated with their sentence before they can qualify to vote.
Cory Booker Proposes Getting a Day Off to Get Your Vote On

Cory Booker Proposes Getting a Day Off to Get Your Vote On

Saying there is a need for a “new Voting Rights Act,” U.S. Sen. Cory Booker promised a number of voting reforms if he became president in 2020, including making Election Day a national holiday and