Supreme court allows Florida to restrict people with felony convictions from voting

Florida can continue to block people with felony convictions from voting until they have repaid all fines and fees they owe, the US supreme court said on Thursday, a major decision that makes it less likely that nearly three-quarters of a million Floridians will get to vote in November.

The decision came at a preliminary stage of one of the most closely watched voting rights lawsuits in the US, over amendment 4, a measure Florida voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018 that allows people to vote once they complete their felony sentences, a change that was estimated to affect 1.4 million people.

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