Florida Bill Will Force Formerly Incarcerated People to Pay Criminal Fines Before Voting

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A woman casts her vote inside the Center for Civil and Human Rights, November 6, 2018. (REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant).

The Florida state House of Representatives passed a bill that would require formerly incarcerated individuals to pay all court fees and fines before they can vote.

The bill was passed in a 71-45 vote on April 24, The Miami Herald reported. The new legislation would require people to pay restitution, fines, and fees ordered by a judge before their voting rights are restored. The Senate version of the bill requires incarcerated people to pay restitution only if the court fines and fees are converted to a civil lien, the publication reported.

In November, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to more than 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people, except those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

Those who supported the voting rights amendment slammed the House’s…

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  • Racquell Wiggins

    If removing food and shelter forcibly from formerly incarcerated individuals seems human, you assholes making devious decisions for a whole nation of people, the white supremacy priciples and ideologies governing your thinking, should be made a crime against humanity!!! You cannot punish people you have already punish who are barely surviving!!! Take your heads out your ass!!! Help people!!!! Save lives!!! Those you punish so brutally are still the same people who will wipe your ass, feed your children and read your last rights!!!

    Have a heart!!! There’s only not ONE race!!!

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