After Florida’s ex-felons won the right to vote, Republicans are taking it away

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Election reform bill SB 7066 adds a provision that felons with restitution, fees or fines will not be allowed to cast a ballot

When two-thirds of Florida’s voters chose to restore voting rights to nearly 1.5 million ex-felons in the state last November, Karen Leicht thought she might get to vote again.

In 2010, Leicht pled guilty to charges related to international insurance fraud. That led to 30 months in federal prison, three months of probation, and when she got out, $59m dollars in restitution she has to pay back. She also lost the right to vote. But, she says, “I was free.”

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