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Appeals Court Rules Floridians With Felonies Must Pay Fines Before Voting

Voting booths set up and ready to receive voters inside a polling station in Florida in 2016. (Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images)
Voting booths set up and ready to receive voters inside a polling station in Florida in 2016. (Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly 2 million Americans convicted of felonies have had their voting rights restored since the last presidential election — most of them in the key state of Florida.

In 2018, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to more than 1 million people with felonies. A federal appeals court ruled on Friday, however, that the state could withhold those rights from anyone who has not paid off all their court fines and fees.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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