HuffPost: There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama’s Special Election

Sam Levine
Dec 11, 2017
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The last-minute push to focus on voter turnout in the Alabama special election for a U.S. Senate seat has brought the state’s restrictive voting policies into renewed focus, prompting concern that many eligible voters who wish to cast a vote on Tuesday will not be able to.

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Advocacy groups like the Campaign Legal Center have held clinics over the past few months to educate people about the law. Moore took notice and accused the groups of trying to swing the election for Jones. 

Blair Bowie, a fellow at the Campaign Legal Center, spent the week ahead of the registration deadline for Tuesday’s election educating people about the new law through clinics and workshops. Bowie said she met people who had received mailers from the state telling them they were ineligible to vote because of a past conviction, even though they were in fact eligible. The Alabama voter registration form requires applicants to swear under penalty of perjury that they are a qualified voter, but it does not include a list of crimes that are disqualifying.

“The state has not taken any action to correct the misinformation that it has spread,” Bowie wrote. 

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