June 4, 2024

DeSantis Says Trump’s Voting Rights Still Intact

There has been a lot of talk about Donald Trump not being able to vote in this upcoming election.

Some experts have already chimed in saying that now that Trump is a convicted felon, he would lose his right to vote.

However, that is not the case for Trump, at least not yet.

Can Still Vote

Florida voting laws state that a person’s right to vote is only revoked if the voting rights in the state where the crime has been committed are revoked.

New York state law says that once a person is released from prison, he or she can have his voting rights restored, but Trump has not yet been sentenced, so this is all up in the air right now.

Florida also passed a law in 2018 that would allow voting rights to be restored as long as the defendant pays all fines, fees, and court costs related to the case.

David Tarras, a Boca Raton criminal defense attorney stated, “I think the real question here is how quickly is that going to be done and until we know what President Trump's sentence is going to be in New York it’s very hard to say that that’s going to be feasible.”

Tarras later added, “But what isn’t clear is if you’re not incarcerated in New York, does that make you eligible to apply for clemency in Florida or does Florida’s clemency automatically honor New York’s rules of clemency? The law is not clear.”

None of that may come into play, however, as Governor Ron DeSantis has already stated that Trump’s voting rights would be restored in Florida.

DeSantis posted on X, “Former President Donald Trump hasn't lost his voting rights in Florida. Rights are not removed in Florida where they haven't yet been stripped in the convicting jurisdiction.

“That said, given the absurd nature of the New York prosecution of Trump, this would be an easy case to qualify for restoration of rights per the Florida Clemency Board, which I chair.

“The bottom line is that Donald Trump’s vote this November will be one of millions that demonstrate Florida is now a solid Republican state!”

So, yes, Trump will still be able to vote come November, and I would suspect long after that after this bogus conviction gets overturned on appeal.

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