Since the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder, Alabama legislators and officials have employed various tactics to suppress the vote, such as purging eligible voters from the rolls and implementing photo identification laws. These measures have made it increasingly harder for people in Alabama to register to vote and cast a ballot. During the 2020 cycle and beyond, we will work to expand and strengthen the election administration infrastructure across the state.
In 2017, Alabama passed the Defining Moral Turpitude Act, which helped clarify Alabama’s policies for restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions. The law reenfranchised many, but Alabama still disenfranchises thousands of people who owe fines, fees and victim restitution, or who are on probation and parole. The state also requires that eligible voters with convictions complete an unnecessary application process to exercise their voting rights. We are working to eliminate these barriers to the ballot for people with convictions through policy advocacy, community organizing and more.