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The Latest: Felons push court to restore voting rights


The Latest: Felons push court docket to revive voting rights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Latest on court docket case in search of to revive voting rights to Mississippi felons (all occasions native):

1:15 p.m.

A key advocate for restoring voting rights to felons in Mississippi says he’s combating to revive his rights as a “human being.”

Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges on the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in a case introduced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the regulation agency Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP on behalf of six felons together with Hopkins.

In Mississippi, individuals convicted of 22 felonies completely lose the best to vote. They can have their rights restored solely by getting a invoice handed only for them with two-thirds approval by the Legislature or getting a pardon from the governor.



Lawyers for the plaintiffs say Mississippi is one among solely three states that completely bars felons from voting.

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A federal appeals court docket is about to listen to arguments on whether or not Mississippi legal guidelines that prohibit the voting rights of sure felons are unconstitutional.

Former convicted felons affected by the state’s legal guidelines are pushing to have their voting rights restored.

The Mississippi Constitution strips individuals convicted of 10 felonies of the best to vote. Those crimes embody mur-der, forgery and bigamy, and the record was later expanded to 22, together with crimes reminiscent of timber larceny and carjacking.

Those individuals can get their voting rights restored however solely by going by means of a means of getting particular person payments handed only for them with two-thirds approval by the Legislature or getting a pardon from the governor.

The plaintiffs argue the legal guidelines had been enacted in 1890 as a technique to disenfranchise black voters.

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