Which Sinners Get to Vote in Alabama?
This article explores an Alabama statute restricting the voting rights of ex-offenders and an ongoing legal challenge to the seemingly arbitrary standard. This practice of disenfranchisement limits popular sovereignty.
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Nearly six million Americans of voting age will be disenfranchised this election year because they’ve committed crimes. Some are still in PRISON1, but nearly four million others have served their sentences and are trying to re-enter society, most hoping to become engaged members of their communities. A few states make it relatively easy for ex-offenders to register and vote following their release and the completion of their probation and parole. A few other states make it impossible. Read more...