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last November Florida overwhelmingly voted to restore voting rights to some one point five million people with felony convictions ending a system that activists said disproportionately affected poor and black residents the passage of amendment for in the fall was seen as a seismic shift in the sunshine state that could even affect the outcome of the twenty twenty election and on Friday Republican governor Rick to Santa signed a bill to restore voting rights for felons but added a catch only those who paid all their fines and restitution can cast a ballot that cabbie it immediately drew a lawsuit from civil rights groups who claim this is nothing but a modern day poll tax a federal lawsuit filed on Friday by the ACLU and other groups accused officials of denying the Florida Fallon's their constitutional rights by imposing the requirement for fines and restitution those groups contend the newly enacted law would limit voting rights to convicted felons who have wealth this in franchising many others who cannot pay their fees Florida began barring ex felons from voting about a hundred fifty years ago after slaves were freed during the civil war African Americans who favor the Democratic Party have been disproportionately affected by voter felon disenfranchisement a representative for dissenters did not return a call or email seeking comment on the lawsuit