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Group gathers outside state capitol to discuss "Ban the Box" initiative

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

When someone is convicted of serious crime, they lose their right to vote.

Well now there's a movement to restore voting rights for felons who have paid their debt to society.

The Ordinary People Society gathered outside the state capitol on Tuesday to discuss their "Ban the Box" initiative.

"With the banning the box effort, what we're looking at is taking the question off the employment application "have you been convicted of a felony?" said Pastor Kenneth Glasgow. "We're also asking them to take it off housing application "are you convicted of a felon?" And they must take it off the voting application being that I won the lawsuit in 2008 because it depends on what crime you have committed."

In Alabama, those convicted of certain felonies including murder and sexual crimes against children, are not eligible to have their voting rights reinstated.

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