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Judge Rules Florida's Ban on Felons Voting Unconstitutional

by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters 02-02-2018

FILE PHOTO - A voter walks to a poll with no line as it opened for the U.S. presidential election in Miami Beach, Fla., Nov., 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Florida's policy of banning felons from voting until they petition the government is unconstitutional and forces them to "kowtow" to the whim of state politicians, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine ex-felons denied the right to vote.