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Florida Gov. defends voting rights system for ex-felons after judge's ruling
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R). Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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.