Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by fellow liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, dissented from a Supreme Court ruling that said Florida can bar ex-felons from voting if they owe court fines or fees associated with their convictions.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a change in Florida law that would allow ex-convicts to regain their right to vote.
Republicans have enacted enabling legislation that prevents them from getting franchised if they have insufficient money for their fines or court costs.
Generally, Americans have been allowed to vote regardless of wealth but since the Supreme Court disabled the Voting Rights Act, GOP legislators have erected multiple barriers to suppress citizens from exercising their civic liberties.
Florida’s financial barrier to restoring voter’s rights is unusual and apparently inconsistent with democracy.
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