Lawsuit challenges Alabama’s stripping convicted felons’ of right to vote

ALABAMA (WIAT) — A federal lawsuit is challenging Alabama’s practice of stripping convicted felons’ of their right to vote. The suit, brought by Greater Birmingham Ministries, says the law deprives more than 100,000 potential black voters.

The Alabama Constitution states anyone convicted of felonies involving “moral turpitude” will no longer be able to vote.

People who completed their sentences can apply to have voting rights restored, but only if they have paid all court fines and fees.

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