Lebron James’ Group To Help Pay Felon’s Fees
MORE THAN A VOTE ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO HELP FELONS PAY OFF OUTSTANDING FEES AND FINES ASSOCIATED WITH CONVICTIONS
(CNN) – A group called “More Than a Vote” said on Friday it will donate $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Fund.
The association will help felons in Florida register to vote.
The organization was started by NBA superstar Lebron James and other black athletes and entertainers.
The money is for Floridians struggling to pay off outstanding fees and fines associated with their felony convictions before they can register to vote.
In May, a U.S. district judge ruled that Floridians with prior felony convictions can’t be barred from voting because they still owe court fines or fees that they are unable to pay.
However this month, a Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta blocked the judge’s order, keeping the law in place.
A hearing in the case is set for August 18th, the same day as Florida’s primary elections.
More than one million Floridians with prior felony convictions had their voting rights restored with a constitutional amendment passed in November 2018.