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Every State, Every Vote: Federal Court Strikes Down Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Pay-To-Vote Law
On Sunday, a federal judge struck down GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voting restrictions which required felons to repay all outstanding court costs before they could register to vote. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the pay-to-vote law “unconstitutional” and said it served no purpose “other than perhaps to discourage felons from registering.”
Every State, Every Vote Co-Chair Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released the following statement:
“I applaud Judge Hinkle’s ruling striking down Gov. Ron DeSantis’ blatant attempt to dismantle re-enfranchisement efforts. Florida voters overwhelmingly agreed to grant former felons their fundamental right to vote – without any barriers. Gov. DeSantis’ attempt to undermine democracy is shameful and unconstitutional. Governors should be working to protect voting rights, not tearing them down.”