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Voting Rights Groups Speed Payments to Help Ex-Felons in Florida Ahead of Registration Deadline



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A group working to restore voting rights to former felons in the battleground state of Florida is racing to deliver money to court clerks to help pay off court fees and fines as a voter-registration deadline and Election Day itself fast approach.
But that effort alone may not be enough to make a difference in this year’s election.
Leaders of the nonpartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition say an influx of donations in recent months — aided, in part, by a big fundraising boost from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and his team — has dramatically expanded their ability to help Floridians whose outstanding financial obligations have barred them from casting ballots.
So far, the group has raised enough money to help about 20,000 people pay their court debts.
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