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ACLU targets Alabama voting laws, says unconstitutional

The ACLU says Alabama's voter laws disenfranchise many convicts who should be allowed to vote. The ACLU says Alabama's voter laws disenfranchise many convicts who should be allowed to vote.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in Montgomery Monday challenging the state's voter disenfranchisement laws.

The ACLU says the laws are unconstitutional because in Alabama not all felonies are created equal.

That means not all felony convictions result in the loss of the right to vote.

That said, there are conflicting interpretations as to which felonies "do" and which ones "do not" constitute the state's ablilty to deny a convicted person's right to vote.

At a news conference Monday, ACLU attorney Sam Brooke said thousands of Alabamians have been wrongly denied that right.

Annette Mcwashington Pruitt is one of the plaintiffs.

She was told she couldn't vote after being convicted of receiving stolen property, which is not on the list of felonies that take away the right to vote.

Brooke says there are some gray areas in the law that need to be clarified. 

"...it was a result of seeing even the gray areas of felonies were being denied - that people with those convictions are being denied the right to vote that got us [The ACLU] motivated to try and do something. I think also we saw such an outcry of interest with this election coming up - a lot of people are very interested in trying to get that right back," said Brooke.

The suit asks for a preliminary injunction to allow those wrongly denied their rights the ability to vote in November's general election. Secretary of State Beth Chapman's office wouldn't comment until it's served with the lawsuit.

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