Thousands of felons register to vote ahead of Alabama Senate election

Thousands of felons register to vote ahead of Alabama Senate election

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - For decades, Alabamians with felony convictions were not allowed to vote.

Earlier this year, Governor Kay Ivey changed that by signing a law that restores the right to vote to thousands of people with felony convictions. If the conviction isn't considered a crime of moral turpitude, then a felon can restore his or her voting rights.

"Making available the opportunity and access of the ballot to those that are not only on the streets who are formerly incarcerated but those who are sitting in prison who will be voting by absentee ballot," Pastor Kenneth Glasgow with the Ordinary People Society said.

For the past few months, Pastor Glasgow has led a statewide effort to get as many felons into voting booths as possible.

"In jails some of them are still waiting to be convicted. Some of them has misdemeanors. Some of them have crimes not involving moral turpitude. Some of them can vote and very few of them can't," Glasgow said.

Glasgow and his team were able to register about five thousand people before the deadline Monday. Glasgow says giving felons an opportunity to vote could be a game changer in state and national elections.

"These are first time voters. They aren't in anybody's voting file or list. These are first time new voters," Glasgow said.

Glasgow calls his team's effort a success but says there are still hundreds of thousands of people in and out of jail who are eligible to vote and don't even know it.

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