Supreme Court Overrules Florida Voters and Disenfranchises Hundreds of Thousands of Formerly Incarcerated Voters

Thursday, July 16, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Supreme Court Overrules Florida Voters and Disenfranchises
Hundreds of Thousands of Formerly Incarcerated Voters

The following statement is from Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative.

“With today’s ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled the clear intent of Florida’s voters, who voted overwhelmingly in 2018 to allow formerly incarcerated people the right to vote.

“More than five million Florida voters are right, and a handful of Supreme Court justices are wrong. Those who have completed their prison terms live and pay taxes in their communities and have every right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

“Florida voters have every right to make their own laws without interference from Washington DC. In a country where Black people make up nearly 40 percent of the prison population, today’s decision is a stunning and unsupportable act of disenfranchisement and voter suppression.”

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.