Felony Voting Rights Restoration in Alabama

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The Alabama Voting Rights Project (AVRP) is a partnership between Campaign Legal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center to restore voting rights to people with past convictions in Alabama by providing direct rights restoration services, empowering community leaders to understand rights restoration laws in the state, and breaking down the false notion that a felony conviction always means you cannot vote.

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) submitted a letter to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill expressing disappointment in the erroneous and misleading description of Alabama’s felony disenfranchisement laws in an October 3, 2019 press release from Merrill’s office.

Secretary Merrill’s statement, coupled with his...

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In 2017, Alabama passed a new law, for the first-time in more than a century, created a definitive list of which convictions will take away a person’s right to vote. The law could re-enfranchise tens of thousands who were denied the right to vote but do not have a disqualifying conviction. Yet the state of Alabama has refused to spend any resources informing these citizens that they can vote. Recent polling showed that nearly 72% of Alabamians with felony convictions still do not know that the law has changed, much less whether it has restored their voting rights.

The Alabama Voting Rights Project (AVRP) is a partnership with Southern Poverty Law Center employing three full-time Re-Enfranchisement Fellows across the state. We have individually assisted nearly 2,000 Alabamians with past convictions and trained more than 1,500 community leaders and activists on the rights restoration process. AVRP has created a streamlined process for requesting the Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote and opened the door to legal financial obligation remission for people who are barred from voting because of fees.

Learn more about the Alabama Voting Rights Project and how you can get involved.

If you are Alabama resident who wants to understand your voting rights, click here to access our tool.

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