Felon Voting

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The Alabama House debated a bill that would restore voting rights to some convicted felons who have served their time and paid all fines and restitution.

Debate on the bill began Thursday morning and continued into the night. Republicans talked against the bill, saying felons don't deserve the right to vote.

The bill would exempt felons convicted of some crimes, including murder, rape, sodomy, child molestation and treason from having their rights restored. The bill was the first on a work agenda that included other election bills. One of those was a bill to require voters to show identification at the polling place.

The sponsor of the bill, Representative Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile, said if a person has served his or her sentence, he or she deserve a right to vote. No vote was taken.