If the appeals court affirms wealth-based barriers to voting are unconstitutional, it may enable hundreds of thousands of returning citizens to register to vote in time for the November election
Voting rights advocates urge a federal appeals court to uphold a decision that concluded a Florida law that created wealth-based hurdles to voting is unconstitutional. The law, SB7066, undermines Floridians’ overwhelming 2018 passage of Amendment 4, which extended voting rights to over a million people.
In May 2020, the law was struck down by a federal district judge, restoring voting rights to hundreds of thousands of Floridians with past felony convictions. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appealed the ruling and it has been on hold until the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit hears the case on August 18.
If the appeals court affirms the lower court’s judgment, it may enable hundreds of thousands of returning citizens to register to vote in time for the November election.
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Campaign Legal Center will present oral arguments in Jones v. DeSantis to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Tuesday, August 18, 10 a.m. ET
STREAM THE ARGUMENTS: http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/live-streaming-oral-arguments
COURT INFORMATION: http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov
READ MORE ABOUT THIS LAWSUIT: https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/amendment-4-is-back-in-court-as-... and