Crist Calls Felon's Rights Decision by Appellate Court

Crist Calls Felon's Rights Decision by Appellate Court "the Wrong Call"

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
September 14, 2020

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit announced that ex-felons had failed to prove that the voting requirements in the sunshine state amount to an unconstitutional poll tax.

It was Chief Judge William Pryor who expressed that “because the felons failed to prove violation of the Constitution, we reverse the judgement of the district court and vacate the challenged portions of its injunction.”

This result has generated criticism from Democratic leadership, and one Florida Democrat who is not mincing any words is Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D).

Rep. Charlie Crist, the former Florida Governor who is now running a close reelection campaign against his Republican Rival Anna Paulina Luna, has taken to Twitter to share his disagreement with the Court’s ruling.

Sharing an article discussing how “Florida felons can’t vote until they pay fines, fees,” the Florida lawmaker commented that he is “deeply disappointed by this decision to overrule the will of Florida voters.”

It was in the 2018 midterm elections that more than 65% of the vote was cast in favor of restoring the voting rights of felons that had “completed all of the terms of their sentences.”

Crist added that “the right to vote doesn’t come with a price tag – it’s a right guaranteed to all Americans, enshrined in our Constitution” before calling the decision “the wrong call.”

The Florida lawmaker has been an active proponent of mail-in-balloting, which Republicans have pushed back against due to concerns of security.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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