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Research Report

Voting Rights Denied in Alabama

Published: February 9, 2006

In September 2003, the Alabama Legislature passed a law intended to streamline the restoration of voting rights to people who have completed their sentences for certain offenses. The law created an expedited process for granting Certificates of Eligibility to Register to Vote to some people with felony convictions. The system was designed to restore the franchise more quickly than is possible through the general clemency process.

This report by the Brennan Center and the Alabama Alliance documents the failure of that expedited system.