Ala. inmates registering to vote in prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama inmates are registering to vote in prison in a new effort organized by activist groups with the cooperation of state corrections officials.

Nearly 80 prisoners have filled out registration forms so far during voter drives at two lockups on Monday and Tuesday. Organizer
Kenneth Glasgow plans to help them and hundreds more obtain
absentee ballots in time to vote in November.

The state attorney general's office issued an opinion seven years ago saying inmates could vote using absentee ballots. Butconfusion and lawsuits followed over which convicted felons had the
right to vote because of a murky phrase in state law.

Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett says no one has previously
registered inmates to vote in state prisons.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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