Governor Ron DeSantis. (Hunter Crenian / Shutterstock.com)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with a group of civil rights organizations, have sued the State of Florida after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would require formerly incarcerated individuals to pay all of their financial obligations before the restoration of their voting rights.
The lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Florida, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on June 28, states that DeSantis signed the law SB7066, which compels formerly incarcerated people pay all court fees and fines before they can vote. The lawsuit, Gruver v. Barton, was filed on behalf of 10 people by the civil rights organization and states that the law “unconstitutionally denies the right to vote to returning citizens with a past felony conviction based solely on their inability to pay outstanding fines, fees, or restitution.”
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