Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Alabama State Court Boosts Voting Rights for Felons and Ex-Felons

Ballot Access News

August 23rd, 2006 ballot access news

On August 23, a state court in Alabama ruled that the state's laws
preventing felons and ex-felons from registering to vote cannot be
enforced, until the state legislature passes a law explaining the term
"moral turpitude". The State Constitution does not permit those
convicted of a crime of "moral turpitude" to register. The Court ruled
that the phrase is far too vague, and violates due process, unless or
until the legislature passes a law defining which felonies are
included in that term. Gooden v Worley, 2005-5778, Jefferson Co.
Circuit Court.



Dan said...

Oh yay! Now the legislature gets to define "moral turpitude." How many sex crimes can they fit in one bill?

Loretta Nall said...

Point taken....however I think the most important part is that many thousands of people in Alabama will be able to vote in this upcoming election.

I worry about the sex crime legislation too. I know a guy who has a sex offender rap because he opened a topless club in the wrong zoning area. I know stories of homeless men in BHAM getting a sex offender rap for peeing in alleyways...because there are no portable/public toilets available. Charged with indecent exposure.

We'll cross the legislative bridge when we get to it and it will be a long, treacherous one.