FL Leaders Will Meet Late-Night To Discuss Voting Rights Ruling


Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scheduling a late-night meeting of top state officials Wednesday in response to a federal court ruling on voting rights.

A federal judge granted the state until Thursday to create a new process for restoring voting rights to former prisoners. 

The state requested puting U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's ruling on hold, but the higher court hasn't acted on that request, so Scott scheduled a clemency board meeting for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The board consists of Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and two other elected Republicans.

The federal judge ruled that Florida's current system of restoring voting rights to former prisoners is unconstitutional and arbitrary. He questioned whether partisan politics and racial factors have swayed the board's decisions.


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