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If a new Florida law survives a legal challenge, far fewer felons may regain the right to vote than expected.

Florida's new restrictions on voting rights for citizens with felonies may not withstand legal challenge

Shineman is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure approved by state lawmakers that makes the restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies contingent on having paid off all criminal debt associated with their conviction.

A coalition of civil rights groups immediately filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the new law by having it declared unconstitutional.

I'm a political scientist who researches the effects of restricting and restoring the voting rights of people convicted of crimes. I believe it's not yet clear whether the new law will withstand this legal challenge. But if the law stays on the books, it would greatly reduce the number of people whose voting rights are restored in Florida.

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