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Pastor, Ala. Prisons Settle Suit on Inmate Voting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit filed by a Birmingham reverend whose voter registration drive for inmates was abruptly halted last month.

Rev. Kenneth Glasgow sued the department when officials stopped the registration drive on September 18 after receiving a complaint from Republican Party chairman Mike Hubbard.

Corrections officials signed the settlement agreement Monday afternoon, four days before Friday's registration deadline for the Nov. 4 general election.

Glasgow says he will no longer be able to take voter registration forms into and out of state prisons. But will be able to continue voter education programs.

The department initially welcomed Glasgow's efforts, saying the drive fit with its desire to get inmates ready to re-enter society when their sentences are completed.


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