Florida Ex-Felons File Federal Lawsuit over Florida Governor’s Arbitrary Method for Deciding Whether to Restore their Voting Rights

On March 13, some Florida ex-felons filed a federal lawsuit, arguing that the Florida Governor’s arbitrary method for deciding which ex-felons may receive clemency and a restoration of their voting rights violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Here is the Complaint in Hand v Scott, northern district, 4:17cv-128.

As the Complaint says, Governor Rick Scott has utter discretion on whose voting rights to restore, and he can take as long as he wishes to consider clemency. Some of the plaintiffs, who have been out of prison for 30 years, have been blocked from becoming voters because they received traffic tickets since they have been out of prison. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

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