Clinics Planned to Help Felons Register to Vote

Jun 19, 2017

A new state law restores voting rights for many people with felony convictions, and two legal groups will be holding clinics this summer to make sure those people are registered to vote.

The ACLU of Alabama and Legal Services of Alabama both plan to hold a series of “restoration clinics” at churches in Birmingham, Mobile and Selma this summer.

Last month, state lawmakers approved a law clarifying that there are only certain types of felonies, like murder and drug trafficking, that would cause someone to lose their right to vote. The previous definition was a “crime of moral turpitude”, which was up to interpretation.

The first “restoration clinic” will be held July 8 at Brown Chapel A.M.E. in Selma to train volunteer lawyers and those potentially affected about the new law.