Certain convicted felons can restore their voting rights before election

If you have been convicted of certain felonies, and fit certain criteria, then you can get your voting rights back.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 9:19 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 11:11 PM

State representatives are trying to spread the word to convicted felons about their voting rights.

If you've been convicted of a felony in Alabama you still have time to restore your voting rights before the election on December 12th.

This applies to all convicted felons throughout Huntsville and the state, but only if you've been convicted of certain crimes.

For instance, If you've been convicted of any of the following then you can't get your voting rights back:

Impeachment
Murder
Rape in any degree
Sodomy in any degree
Sexual abuse in any degree
Incest
Sexual torture
Enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes
Soliciting a child by computer
Production of obscene matter involving a minor
Production of obscene matter
Parents or guardians permitting children to engage in obscene matter
Possession of obscene matter
Possession with intent to distribute child pornography
Treason

Felonies like theft, or burglary, are a different story.

If you have completed your entire prison sentence, including parole, and paid all fines associated with the conviction then you can apply with your probation office to get your voting rights back.

The Secretary of State for Alabama said there aren't solid numbers showing how many people this impacts, which is one reason why its so important to get this information out there.

"Unfortunately, for a lot of people they don't really understand that just because you've been convicted of a crime, or even if you've been convicted of certain felonies, that you've not necessarily lost your voting rights," said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

One Huntsville man said it's extremely important for all convicted felons, who have paid their debt to society, to go through this process to be able to vote.

"If you're not voting you're not being represented. I think that everybody within the community thats living with the community thats contributing to the community should be voting."

Felons have until November 27th to complete this process, because that is the final day people in Alabama can register to vote before the December 12th election.

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