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Florida Supreme Court rules people released after felony convictions must pay court fines before voting

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has won the latest battle over former felon voting rights.

On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion saying people released after a felony conviction can only vote once they've served "all terms of sentence." That includes any "fines, restitution, costs, and fees" issued in sentencing, the court ruled.

The opinion doesn't immediately change the legality of people voting after serving a sentence for a felony conviction, but could play a role in an ongoing case regarding released felons' rights, NBC News affiliate WESH reports....

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News Posted By: theweek - Thursday, 16 January, 2020