Law360 (May 27, 2020, 4:27 PM EDT) -- On May 24, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued a ruling in Jones v. DeSantis holding that current Florida law preventing convicted felons from voting if they can't afford to pay their legal financial obligations, or LFOs, is unconstitutional.
Judge Hinkle (an appointee of former U.S. President Bill Clinton) likened the restrictive legislation to a tax and said the Florida system was a tax "in substance though not in name" and a "pay-to-vote system."
Formerly, felons in Florida were prohibited from voting until Florida voters in November 2018 approved...
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