nearvideo after new law, Florida’s former felons unexpected obstacles before 2020
The new measure requires felons payment of fines and fees before they can vote
MIAMI — Tarshea Sanderson, who was released from prison in the year 2016, was the anticipation of heading to the voting booth to cast a ballot.
She was one of 1.4 million ex-felons whose voting rights were restored after the passage of Amendment 4. But now, whether you can vote is in doubt, because the adoption of a new law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“I was so excited. You, we know this … we will be courted. You know, we talk a lot of walking in the neighborhood, with people to make sure that this amendment passed,” said Sanderson, of the hatch a Florida resident, was convicted in 2013,, cheat a financial institution.
Sanderson, the still owes $65,000 in out-of-court costs, and the return of your criminal case will not be able to get out, pays for everything.
The draft law is to avoid part of the efforts by the Governor to election chaos after the amendment passed – leaving state officials scrambling to figure out how to get thousands of new voters to the rolls in a matter of months.
Tarshea Sanderson, says the former felon like yourself to feel, the promise of Amendment 4 was offered.
SB 7066, the DeSantis signed and went into law in June, requires the former can felons to pay all fines and fees associated with their record before you vote.
The governor-letter to the Secretary of State on account of 7066.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set a new benchmark in the end of June, requiring former felons to pay all fines and fees associated with their sentence before they can vote.
Florida State Rep., Blaise Ingoglia, a Republican, supported the measure, told Fox News that the amendment gives too vague and would have to be a lot of confusion.
“Without the implementation of the bill, it would be nothing but chaos, just now, because you would have 67 different counties in the state of Florida for the implementation of the law 67 different ways,” Florida Ingoglia said.
But people like Sanderson argue that the new measure is too restrictive. She said it can take 10 years before you can pay your court fees and the head in the polls
“My reality is, I don’t have enough money to do all this … you know it will last and it is the budgeting. It’s going to take, you know, a lot of cockroaches and I would be missing election after election,” Sanderson said.
Sanderson said the conclusion to choose a set should mean that you have a right.
“Now you are imposing all of these conditions and all these conditions make it more difficult for us to vote,” Sanderson said.
While some opponents compare the requirements of a modern-day “poll tax” — Florida’s Governor says that it is only a part of the offender, the sentence completion.
“For me, it is quite clear that you have to complete your set, this is what he said … the idea is that the payment is a return of something equivalent to a tax, is completely wrong. The only reason you are paying compensation is because they have been convicted of a crime,” DeSantis said.
While some compare says the requirements of a modern-day “poll tax” — Florida’s Governor, that it is only a part of the heavy criminal sentence completion.
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Republican lawmakers who support the measure said it is only fair that felons are allowed to vote, after you finish, pay off their legal debts.
“I don’t think it is fair, if someone was arrested and did time for a white-collar crime and you cheated people out of $10 million, back do not have to pay the $10 million to vote. No, you do. Because it is not only the right thing to. It is the moral thing to do, also,” Ingoglia said.
In November, millions of Floridians voted for the Amendment, 4. The change as soon as were back voting rights to former felons they completed their sentences. The only exception was when offenders were sentenced for murder or a serious sex offense.
In the meantime, civil rights groups such as the Florida rights restoration coalition working to register voters and to help money, pay your fees.
“We appreciate that this legislation is for fines and fees, the change may have a direct impact on approximately 540,000 of the 1.4-million-return-citizens, and we set ourselves to working with each of you, to ensure that we are able to provide you your sentence, and you remove these financial barriers,” Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida rights restoration coalition said.
The Florida rights restoration coalition estimates that these legal provisions for fines and fees, which may have a direct impact on approximately 540,000 of the 1.4 million returning citizens.
He added, “Where others see obstacles, we see opportunities.”
Several civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued over Amendment 4. The judge will decide how to move forward on the specific language in the amendment, and how to influence these potential voters.
ies to the dispute in the hope to reach a conclusion before next year’s election.
“We believe that, if a court writes a sentence, and you are done with all the parts of the sentence, you should be able to voice again,” Ingoglia said. “You should have say be able to in our democratic process.”