Florida’s Executive Clemency Board filed a notice of its intent to appeal the permanent injunction from U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker, ordering the state to establish a new voting rights restoration process for former felons. Earlier this year the Court affirmed that the 1st Amendment protects the right to vote and concluded that the process by which Florida officials grant or deny former felons’ restoration of voting rights applications is unconstitutionally arbitrary.
UPDATE: The Court has denied Defendants’ motion to stay (or suspend) the injunction until the end of all appeals. Defendants will still have to present a new rights restoration plan by April 26 unless the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court orders otherwise.
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