Charges Dropped Against Florida Woman Who Voted After Release from Prison

Charges Dropped Against Florida Woman Who Voted After Release from Prison

Charges have been dropped against Marsha Ervin, a 69-year-old Black woman from Florida, who was arrested and charged with submission of false voter registration and two felony counts of voting as an unqualified elector. Ervin, who had been released from prison in 2018, voted in the 2020 presidential election and the 2022 primary election.

Ervin’s confusion stemmed from a new state law passed in November 2018, which lengthened the time it would take for convicted felons to regain their voting rights. While Amendment Four allowed people with past felony convictions to regain their full right to vote after completing their full sentence, excluding those convicted of murder or sex crimes, the bill signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019 required felons to pay all fines and fees associated with their conviction before their voting rights could be restored.

Florida State Attorney Jack Campbell dropped the charges against Ervin after finding no evidence that she had been informed of her ineligibility to vote. In a filing, Campbell stated, “There is no witness who can testify to the defendant being told that she was ineligible to vote and some evidence to corroborate her assertions that she believed she could lawfully vote.”

This case gained attention due to its representation of the challenges faced by many voters. Some liberal leaders have claimed that conservative lawmakers implemented these laws to confuse Black voters and intimidate felons seeking to vote after completing their sentences.

 

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