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Black athletes donate to ensure Florida felons can vote
by Ishena Robinson

Black athletes and entertainers are standing up in a major way to make sure the voices of Black people matter in this year’s elections.

More Than A Vote, a group founded by LeBron James and others in June to fight against voter suppression, says it will donate $100,000 to help pay the outstanding debts of people who have already served time for their felony convictions but are still unable to vote in Florida.

The money will go to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, reports Politico. The organization helped secure the passage of an amendment in 2018 which restored voting rights to 1.4 million former felons in Florida who had been previously banned from voting for life under the state’s constitution.

Due to a measure passed by Republicans shortly after, around 775,000 people in the state with former felony convictions are still ineligible to vote because they owe court debts and fees.

“That’s why More Than A Vote is supporting the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help formerly incarcerated American citizens—too many of them Black and brown—pay off their outstanding fines and fees and register to vote in the 2020 election and beyond,” the group said on social media of their donation.

Read more at TheRoot.com

 





 
 

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