Regardless of that constitutional modification vote, Florida Republican lawmakers handed a legislation requiring the returning residents to repay fines and different courtroom money owed earlier than they may vote. A district decide struck down that apparent ballot tax, however an appeals court restored it. So advocates have been elevating cash for them, an effort that acquired an enormous enhance when Bloomberg introduced in $16 million. That cash is meant to reenfranchise Black and Latino individuals who owe lower than $1,500 and already registered to vote—more than 31,000 of them.
Moody and different Republicans are hanging their complaints concerning the Bloomberg cash on legal guidelines towards paying folks to vote. However the cash just isn’t going to the people. It’s going to pay their fines and costs in order that they’ll vote in the event that they so select. Since they already registered to vote, it appears probably they are going to select to take action, however the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition just isn’t providing incentives. It’s providing assist acquiring a authorized proper.
Florida Republicans are terrified that the folks disenfranchised by a racist felony justice system will get the authorized proper so lengthy denied them. Time and again Republicans have thrown up limitations to voting. They added a ballot tax to the constitutional modification restoring the appropriate to vote. They went to courtroom to guard their ballot tax. And now, confronted with the prospect that the ballot tax shall be paid for even a small fraction of the 775,000 folks they’re making an attempt to stop from voting, Republicans are calling within the FBI on an apparent pretext, pretending like paying somebody’s courtroom money owed is similar as immediately paying them to vote.
It’s ridiculous—however as we’ve seen, Republicans have rigged the system sufficient to get their method on loads of ridiculous issues.