TAMPA, Florida, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Clifford Tyson wants to help choose America’s next president. But the Florida resident fears his vote might return him to jail.
Tyson, 63, owes court-ordered fines and fees for three felony convictions, one for robbery, two for theft, all decades old. Under a Florida law that went into effect July 1, he must pay those penalties before casting a ballot or risk being prosecuted for voter fraud.
Tyson searched court records, first on his own, then withthe help of a nonprofit legal advocacy group. They say thatbecause Florida has no comprehensive system for tracking suchfines, the documents don’t make clear what he owes. The records, viewed by Reuters, show potential sums ranging from $846