Alabama Supreme Court rejects felon voting case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a
lower court decision throwing out a lawsuit brought by the American
Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three ex-felons who wanted to
register to vote.

The court decided 9-0 Friday to affirm the decision by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey to dismiss the suit against state election officials.

The judge tossed out the suit in 2008 because the two of the
plaintiffs had not tried to register and one had not exhausted the
remedies available to her after being denied registration.

The ACLU had hoped to turn the lawsuit into a class-action case
on behalf of ex-felons statewide and clear up confusion over who
can register and who can't.


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