Court won’t hear case about felon-voting ban
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Florida appeal had been closely watched, because lower courts have been fractured in similar voting cases. Minority and voting rights groups urged justices to hear the case. “The court not only missed an opportunity to right a great historic injustice; it has shut the courthouse door in the face of hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised citizens,” Catherine Weiss, the Brennan Center for Justice lawyer for the Florida ex-felons, said Monday. WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to review Florida’s lifetime ban on voting rights for convicted felons, a case that would have had national implications for millions of would-be voters. Justices declined to hear a challenge to Florida’s 19th-century ban, which applies to inmates and those who have served their time and been released. Felons are kept from voting in every state but Maine and Vermont, although restrictions vary. The issue of voter eligibility got renewed attention after the 2000 presidential election, which was decided by fewer than 600 votes in Florida.