What Will The Biggest Obstacles To The Ballot Box Be In 2020?

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Blair Bowie, who works for the Campaign Legal Center, pointed to Alabama, which passed a law in 2017 that would restore the voting rights of some 100,000 ex-felons. Yet, the secretary of state there, John Merrill has sowed confusion about the requirements to register under the new law and has said he will not put any stats resources towards educating the newly eligible about their right to vote. “One of the biggest problems we see is that people don’t know that they can vote. And these are people who as recently as right before the law passed in 2017 were told by the state that they could never vote again,” Bowie said. “There is a level of undermining legislation through inaction.

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