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Felon Voting Rights Legislation Could End Up In Court

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Since January 8, felons have been registering to vote as long as they’ve completed their sentence, and did not commit a felony sexual offense or murder. But all session long the legislature has been trying to determine exactly who that excludes. The current bill includes attempted murder, and also makes a felon have to pay off any outstanding civil liens or obligations to the court as a result of their case. Neil Volz, who works for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition says those things were not in the minds of those who crafted the amendment, and believes what voters passed was self-enacting. He speaks with WFSU’s Blaise Gainey.