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Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended the process by which Florida grants or denies ex-felons the right to vote, asking a federal judge to leave it up to his cabinet to revise the rules.

Why it matters: This comes more than a week after U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that the process is unconstitutional, finding that it unfairly relies on the personal support of Scott. Under the current system, which gives only the governor power to restore voting rights, former felons have wait for up to 7 years to be considered.

What they're saying: The Scott administration said it would likely appeal the ruling and said it would be "inappropriate" if the court orders them to create a vote restoration system.

The backdrop: Florida voters will decide on a constitutional amendment in November about whether to automatically restore voting rights to some convicted felons. If passed with at least 60% approval, it has the potential to shift the makeup of the country’s largest swing state.

  • Florida is one of four states to constitutionally prohibit ex-felons from voting. The policy affects an estimated 1.5 million convicted felons in a state that bans more people from voting than any other.
  • At the time of his ruling, Walker ordered further briefing from both parties on what they consider the appropriate remedy.

Go deeper: The decades-long fight for Florida's ex-felons to regain voting rights

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7 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

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Seven states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments. Wisconsin and Nebraska surpassed records set the previous week.

Why it matters: Problem spots are sticking in the Midwest, although the U.S. is moving in the right direction overall after massive infection spikes this summer.

Murkowski says she opposes voting on Ginsburg replacement before election

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in a statement Sunday that she opposes holding a Senate confirmation vote on President Trump's nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election.

Why it matters: Murkowski joins Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as one of two Republican senators who have thus far said that they do not support rushing through a confirmation vote before November. Two more defections would likely force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to resort to holding a vote in the lame-duck session, which neither Murkowski nor Collins have addressed.