August 15, 2019

By Reggie Garcia

WCTV: First hearing scheduled in Amendment 4 lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- The first hearing in a federal case challenging the law that requires felons to pay all fines, fees and restitution before being eligible to vote has been set for October.

The decision that comes out of that hearing could have a major impact on who is eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

1.4 million felons were initially expected to have their voting rights restored under Amendment 4, but those hopes were diminished when the legislature passed the law tying financial obligations to restoration.

Lawsuits were filed almost immediately.

"Let's just hope all of that is expedited so people have some clear direction before the 2020 election,” said Clemency attorney Reggie Garcia.

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