Prosecutors in Miami-Dade County are working with public defenders so returning citizens can register to vote. This so-called 'rocket docket' lets criminal-justice officials rearrange some court fines and fees to get around a June law passed by the Florida Legislature.
The law -- SB 7066 - defines completion of 'all terms of a sentence' to include repayment of all fines, fees and restitution ordered by a sentencing judge. The law was signed in June by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, about six months after 64.55% of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment ending a lifetime ban on voting for many former felons in the Sunshine State.
About 150,000 returning citizens may benefit from the rocket docket procedure in Miami-Dade County. Statewide, around 1.4 million returning citizens are dealing with this complex set of legal issues as they seek the right to register to vote.