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LWVAL CERV flyerLWVAL has published a flyer on felon voting rights created for Alabama local leagues and MAL units to use at their voter registration events. Download the flyer here. A person committing only these crimes does not need a pardon to restore his/her voting rights, but he/she does have to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote (CERV). Please keep this flyer handy at voter registration events to help answer questions.

The Felony Voter Disqualification Act (HB282) was enacted by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law during the 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. This law defines felony crimes of moral turpitude that disqualify one from voting in Alabama. The attached flyer lists other crimes that DO NOT DISQUALIFY ONE FROM APPYING TO HAVE HIS/HER VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED. i.e. applying for a CERV.

FYI, there are many crimes that do not disqualify one from voting. Examples (as noted by the ACLU) are:
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony DUIs
  • Driving while suspended
  • Possession of a controlled substance for personal use
  • Possession of marijuana for personal use
  • Fraudulent use of a credit card
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Domestic violence
  • Attempted murder
  • Obstructing justice with a false identity
  • Indecent exposure
One convicted of these crimes has not had his/her voting rights revoked and can register to vote immediately without applying for a CERV. More information is offered in this flyer published by the ACLU.

We hope you will keep this information handy to help those in need. Thank you for your service at your league’s voter registration events!

Kim Bailey and Scarlett Gaddy,
LWVAL Voter Service, Co-chairs

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