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Politics Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote

17:06  22 september  2020
17:06  22 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

A Common-Sense Decision on Felon Voting in Florida | Opinion

  A Common-Sense Decision on Felon Voting in Florida | Opinion The rule of law has prevailed in a key 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case pertaining to felon voting.Now, in Jones v. Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of their decision.

Florida felons who are otherwise eligible to vote can be blocked from casting ballots if they haven’t paid all their court fees and victim restitution, a federal appeals court ruled -- affirming a law that could bar thousands of people from the polls in the swing state . The 6-4 decision Friday by the U.S. Court

Bloomberg is part of an effort that raised more than m to help felons who have completed sentences vote in the presidential election. A federal appellate court ruled on 11 September that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines , restitution and legal fees before

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.

Michael Bloomberg wearing a suit and tie: Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote © getty: Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimated Bloomberg's fundraising push has already paid off monetary obligations for 32,000 felons, Axios reported.

"The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right," a Bloomberg spokesperson told the news outlet. "Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it."

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(AP) -- Florida cannot, for now, bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees Fried called on her fellow members of the state Clemency Board to automatically restore voting rights to all felons qualified for re-enfranchisement

The voting rights organization founded by NBA star LeBron James is contributing 0, 000 toward paying fines for convicted felons in Florida so they can vote , Politico reported. James and other athletes and entertainers founded More Than a Vote after the death of George Floyd as a group

Florida passed a law in 2018 reinstating voting rights for felons that dictated they could register only if they pay all fines, fees and restitution -- sometimes totaling more than $1,000 -- owed to the government.

Florida's 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled to uphold the law.

Last week, several television networks also pledged to donate money to the cause.

Bloomberg, who ran in the Democratic primary for president, has endorsed the party's nominee, Joe Biden, and has donated at least $100 million to the former vice president's campaign to defeat President Trump.

China Accuses U.S. Of 'Shamelessly Robbing' TikTok and Warns It Is 'Prepared to Fight' .
"This is blunt bullying. It's a robbery of Chinese company's achievements under the guise of security," the editorial by state mouthpiece, the Global Times, said.Reacting to the news that a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to TikTok and its parent company ByteDance on Sunday, saving it from being booted from mobile app stores in the U.S., the Global Times criticized the Trump administration.

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