Town Hall Discusses Voting Rights Restoration

HUNTSVILLE – Representative Laura Hall (D-Madison) and the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs hosted a Restoration of Rights Panel discussion with Secretary of State John Merrill, Eddie Cook of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Trooper Curtis Summerville of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and Nan Guyette of the Madison County Board of Registrars at the Richard Showers Center.

The topic of discussion was on the new state law regarding moral turpitude and how individuals with felony convictions can restore their voting rights.  In May 2017, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill in law, called the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act, restoring certain Alabama felons’ right to vote.  The new law clarifies the definition of moral turpitude, specifically delineating which crimes are in that category, removing any confusion for Alabamians who cannot vote due to a felony conviction.  .

Moral turpitude law.

The panelists also talked about the STAR ID, and there was an opportunity to register to vote in time for the December election. There will be more town halls similar to this to come.


The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs can be reached at 334-353-2113.