Two steps back (in Alabama)

September 1, 2006
Judge Delays Felon Vote Order in Ala.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has delayed his ruling allowing felons to vote until after the Nov. 7 general election and until the state Supreme Court can review the issue.

Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. agreed to stay much of his order, which held that felons could vote until the Legislature clarifies a law that bars voting by felons convicted of a crime of ”moral turpitude.” His ruling last week said the state law does not define what crimes involve moral turpitude.

Vance said he hopes the Legislature will take up the issue in its next session and define crimes to be covered by the voting ban.

Vance’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County by Richard Gooden, who lost his right to vote in 2000 when he was convicted of felony driving under the influence.

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