Alabama election officials still confused over new felon voting law

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(WTVY) -- Election officials across Alabama remain confused about the state's new law restoring voting rights for some felons.

The new law took effect in august. Before it went into effect, registrars made their own determinations about whether a particular felony should be considered of moral turpitude. Now, they're not allowed to make such determinations. But Henry County Board of Registrars Chairwoman Mary Ann Swann told her board's members have continued to do so.

In an email to, Secretary of State John Merrill said his office is willing to take steps to ensure registrars are following state election law.

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