Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would make people with felonies pay all of their fines before they are allowed to vote again. The amendment officially went into effect in January of 2019 and allows people convicted of a felony, except for sexual crimes and murder to vote once they “complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.”
So far, due to the legislation, an estimated 840,000 people would be eligible to register. However, the bill has been criticized by civil rights groups stating that it is similar to a poll tax and that many people convicted of felonies have fines that they could never repay, thus they wouldn’t be able to vote.
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ABC NEWS — A topic now engrained in the dynamics of the Florida gubernatorial debate, both candidates had a lot to say when it came to the controversies regarding racism.
Republican Ron DeSantis was asked about his affiliations with political donors and figures who have at various points made questionably racist remarks, including a donor who once called President Obama the N-word and his own use of the phrase “monkey this up” when referring to Democrat Andrew Gillum, his African-American opponent.
DeSantis got very testy on the topic, at one point saying he can’t know everything his supporters or people he is affiliated with could have said at one time or another. He instead said he would represent all Floridians, regardless of race, but would not participate in political correctness.
Gillum responded saying “I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.”
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A 21-year-old black Jacksonville, Florida man was threatened with arrest by a deputy for jaywalking and not carrying an ID. Devonte Shipman posted video to Facebook of his encounter with Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer J.S. Bolen last week. Bolen ticketed Shipman for jaywalking and failure to carry a driver license. The Miami Herald has more in this story.