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Florida's Reopening; The Continuing Battle Over Voting Rights

A salesperson left, wears a protective face mask as she talks to customers at the International Mall Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
A salesperson left, wears a protective face mask as she talks to customers at the International Mall Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

 

 

Florida has entered the Phase 1 stage of reopening with restaurants operating at 25 percent capacity. Parks and beaches have also reopened, across much of the state. 

We spoke with  Dr. Shamarial Roberson, Florida Deputy Secretary of Health, and  Gary Fineout  of POLITICO about how it’s going and what to expect next. 

 

Voting Rights 

The virtual trial over Florida’s Amendment 4 wrapped up this week. The constitutional amendment restores the right to vote for felons after they complete their sentences. However, the state legislature later passed a law requiring all fines and fees to be paid before a felon could vote again, which led to a lawsuit.   Sean Morales-Doyle, Senior Counsel at Brennan Center for Justice, and Fineout joined us for a closer look.

Sarah Glenn can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org

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