ThinkProgress: Alabama restored voting rights to thousands of former felons, but they may never know

Kira Lerner
Aug 1, 2017

Alabama does not have to notify tens of thousands of former felons that they recently regained the right to vote, a federal judge ruled Friday. The judge also found that the state does not have to automatically restore voting rights to citizens who tried to register but were denied before the state’s law regarding felon disenfranchisement changed this year.


Danielle Lang, deputy director of voting rights for the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement that the ruling is “not the end of the road for the case.”

“This motion/hearing was only about one slice of the case and was preliminary in nature,” she said.

In May, Lang told ThinkProgress that HB 282 is a “step in the right direction,” but not a solution to Alabama’s problematic felon disenfranchisement law.

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