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Voting Rights - AL

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.

Alabama Voter Guide

Through our Alabama’s Got Now: Beyond the Vote campaign, we are uniting voters from Alabama in a powerful movement to show that together, we can forge the change we wish to see in our communities.

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Restore Your Right to Vote

Are you an Alabama resident who can no longer vote because of a criminal record? You may be able to have your voting rights restored. Learn the details on our Voting Rights Restoration Fact Sheet.

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Read Our Report

Click on image to view PDF. Also, read our 2021 report Selma, Shelby County, & Beyond (PDF).


Cover illustration by Zoë van Dijk