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Hand v. Scott

Former Florida felons who wish to have their voting rights restored must apply to a state board, which has unfettered discretion to reinstate them—or not. Plaintiffs: There is some evidence the board looks more favorably on white applicants and applicants who espouse conservative political views. District court: The state can permanently ban felons from voting, but if it allows for re-enfranchisement, the First Amendment says the restoration process can’t be arbitrary (see, among other things, Citizens United). (H/t: Garrett Epps.)


Tags: 2018, First Amendment, Northern District of Florida, Voting Rights

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