Felon Voting Law Discussed

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

A Jefferson County judge has ordered the state of Alabama to allow felons to vote.

Circuit Judge Robert Vance Junior said any felon should be able to register and vote until the state legislature passes a law that defines crimes of moral turpitude.

Judge Vance's decision sets the stage for people convicted of felonies such as driving under the influence and drug possession to register immediately.

Local victim's rights activists say this is a slap in the face to the victims.

“Again they're the ones who aren't getting the attention so we need to keep it the way it is and let the parole board decide who needs to be pardoned,” said Shelly Linderman of VOCAL

Local reverend Kenny Glasgow, the state coordinator for Alabama alliance to restore the right to vote was in Montgomery Friday talking to legislatures about this ruling.

Glasgow believes strongly felons should have the right to vote.

Glasgow says this ruling is one of the most humane acts since the 1965 civil rights movement and it shows felons will determine the next election.


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