Tennessee lets felons restore their voting rights, but new lawsuit says those with out-of-state convictions are left behind
"They should be allowed to, and want to, vote on Aug. 6," said Blair Bowie, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, which is representing Falls. "But on a larger scale, we want clarity around this policy. We want the elections division and the Secretary of State to do their duty, to communicate to people and say 'Hey, you do have the right to vote.' "The restriction of voting rights after certain convictions dates back to the Civil War, when some states tried to keep Black citizens off voter rolls after the abolition of slavery, including by barring people convicted of felonies from ever voting again.
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