Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks Out on Trump’s Right to Vote!

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to ensure that former President Donald Trump retains his right to vote in Florida despite his recent conviction on 34 felony counts in New York. This development comes after a Manhattan jury found Trump guilty of falsifying business records on Thursday. Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention, where he is expected to be officially nominated as the GOP’s candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

The conviction has sparked a debate about Trump’s voting eligibility. Florida law generally prohibits felons from voting unless they have completed their sentences. However, because Trump’s conviction occurred in New York and he is not currently serving a sentence, he remains eligible to vote under New York law. Florida law defers to the convicting jurisdiction regarding out-of-state felony convictions, which means Trump has not lost his voting rights in Florida.

In a detailed post on X (formerly known as Twitter), DeSantis emphasized that Trump’s voting rights remain intact in Florida. “Former President Donald Trump hasn’t lost his voting rights in Florida,” DeSantis wrote. “Rights are not removed in Florida where they haven’t yet been stripped in the convicting jurisdiction.”

DeSantis also addressed the broader implications of Trump’s conviction, describing the New York prosecution as “absurd” and suggesting that Trump’s case would easily qualify for a restoration of rights under the Florida Clemency Board, which DeSantis chairs. “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,” he added. “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!”

The Florida governor’s support for Trump is notable, given their contentious history during the GOP primary race. Trump frequently mocked DeSantis, dubbing him “Ron DeSanctimonious,” and the two engaged in a series of public spats. Despite this, DeSantis endorsed Trump after exiting the primary race in January and has been speculated as a potential running mate for the former president.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks Out on Trump's Right to Vote

Although Trump remains eligible to vote, his status as a felon revokes several other rights and privileges. Typically, felons are barred from owning firearms, serving on juries, and traveling to certain foreign countries. Additionally, some industries impose restrictions on hiring or licensing individuals with felony convictions.

Trump has continuously asserted that his legal troubles are part of a politically motivated “witch hunt.” Following his conviction, he maintained his innocence, stating, “I am a very innocent man.” This rhetoric is consistent with his claims that the legal actions against him amount to “election interference.” Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but no response was received by Friday night.

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DeSantis’ intervention in Trump’s voting rights case highlights the complex interplay between state and federal laws regarding felony convictions and voting eligibility. It also underscores the political dynamics at play as Trump seeks to regain the presidency amid ongoing legal challenges. DeSantis’ promise to protect Trump’s voting rights, despite their past rivalry, signals a strategic alignment aimed at consolidating Republican support in Florida and potentially across the nation.

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