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Fri Jul 24, 2020, 02:50 PM

LeBron James joins push to turn out ex-felon vote in Florida


LeBron James joins push to turn out ex-felon vote in Florida
By GARY FINEOUT
07/24/2020 01:32 PM EDT


TALLAHASSEE — A group founded by NBA superstar LeBron James and other Black athletes and entertainers is stepping into the fight to register Florida voters with felony records, saying it will help pay court debts and fees so they can cast ballots in the November presidential election.

More Than A Vote, a group established by James and others in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, on Friday said it will donate $100,000 to help pay outstanding court debts of ex-felons so they can register to vote. The money will go to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which in 2018 successfully pushed to a constitutional amendment that lifted Florida's lifetime voting ban on people with felony convictions. After the amendment passed, the Republican-led state Legislature earlier this year raised the bar for felons to vote, passing a law that is being challenged in federal court.

“Your right to vote shouldn’t depend upon whether or not you can pay to exercise it,” Miami Heat forward and More than a Vote member Udonis Haslem said in a written statement.


The partnership will help ensure that "formerly incarcerated American citizens — many of them Black and brown — are able to pay their outstanding fines and fees and register to vote in the 2020 election and beyond.”

The coalition already has raised more than $1.5 million for its fees-and-fines fund, but the partnership with More Than A Vote is expected to bring attention and awareness to the effort.


Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, said the partnership will strengthen democracy and make more voices heard.

The partnership comes amid a bitter legal fight over the voting requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups have likened to an unconstitutional poll tax. One study projected that as many as 775,000 people in Florida with felony convictions have financial obligations that render them ineligible under the law. Of the more than 13.7 million voters registered in the battleground state, nearly a third are either Black or Hispanic.

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https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/07/24/lebron-james-joins-push-to-turn-out-ex-felon-vote-in-florida-1303417

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 02:52 PM

1. Why doesn't Bloomberg put his money where his mouth is and pay their fines?

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 02:56 PM

3. It's all our jobs to put our own money where our own mouths are.

The amount others think we should pay would no doubt vary greatly, but not the duty.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 02:53 PM

2. Hot Diggety!!

This is pretty cool!!

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Response to Alliepoo (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 02:57 PM

4. Yes, love to hear it. :)

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