Will Trump Face Disenfranchisement in Florida After Felony Conviction?

Former President Donald Trump stands to lose many of his liberties following his conviction Thursday on 34 felony charges. In addition to possible jail time, Trump now faces the potential loss of his voting rights, his right to own a firearm, and his ability to travel internationally, among other freedoms. As a convicted felon in New York and a resident of Florida, Trump’s fate–including whether he can vote for himself in November–will depend heavily on his sentencing in July.

Florida’s restrictions on convicted felons are particularly tough and include the loss of the right to vote until the defendant has completed all of the terms of their sentencing. Despite being a Florida resident, Trump was convicted in his former home state of New York, meaning he will not face the same restrictions. According to the Florida Division of Elections,

“A felony conviction in another state makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if the conviction would make the person ineligible to vote in the state where the person was convicted.”

Under New York law, individuals convicted of a felony are permitted to vote, but only if they are not behind bars at the time of the election. Trump’s ability to cast a ballot for himself in November will depend on Democrat Judge Juan Merchan’s leniency during his sentencing. The former President faces a fine of $5,000 and up to 4 years of jail time for each charge.

Legal experts, however, consider it unlikely that Trump will serve prison time due to his status as a first-time offender and the implications of jailing a former President of the United States.

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Trump’s guilty verdict will not prohibit him from running for President since the Constitution does not restrict convicted individuals’ ability to run for the highest office. However, he does face the loss of many other rights under Florida and federal law.

Under the Federal Gun Control Act, Trump could lose his ability to own a firearm and exercise his Second Amendment right. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, it is illegal for anyone “convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” to possess a firearm.

Additionally, Trump is now ineligible to serve on a jury in Florida. Under state law, He will lose that right until his sentence is completed and all court fines are paid.

Many countries also impose restrictions on travel for convicted felons, meaning Trump could be potentially barred from entering Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Israel, and China.

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Sentencing in Trump’s Manhattan fraud case is scheduled for July 11, just four days before the Republican National Committee is expected to select him as the party’s nominee. He is still due to face trial for cases in Florida, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., totaling 54 felony charges he will have to battle. However, these trials are not expected to begin until after the 2024 election.

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