TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge will hear directly from Floridians disenfranchised by Senate Bill 7066 (SB7066), passed earlier this year by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. The hearing will begin on Monday, October 7 at the federal courthouse in Tallahassee to address the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. The hearing is expected to last multiple days.
The motion for preliminary injunction was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law to stop the unconstitutional new law from denying the right to vote to returning citizens with past felony convictions based solely on their inability to pay all legal financial obligations associated with their sentence.
Hearing in Jones v. DeSantis
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
United States Courthouse
111 N Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
In addition to the hearing, which is open to press, there will be a voting rights rally held by local activists calling for an end to wealth-based barriers to voting and voter-suppression tactics outside of the courthouse. The rally is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Participating organizations include Campaign Legal Center, Equality Florida, Faith in Public Life, Florida Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, For Our Future Florida, National Action Network, NextGen Florida, Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, Southern Poverty Law Center, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Women’s March North Florida, among others.
Full event details for the rally can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/896514584064469/