Until recently in Alabama, a Jim Crow holdover law explicitly designed to keep black people from voting purged folks with a past felony conviction from the voter rolls.
That law was reformed in 2017. Now, 280,000 Alabamians who had previously been disenfranchised can cast a ballot this November.
Good news, right? There is a catch. The state of Alabama refuses to inform these individuals of the change in the law. That means the majority of people affected may still believe that they cannot vote.
The Campaign Legal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center have come forward to do what the state of Alabama refuses: contact thousands of now-eligible voters to inform them of their right to vote and to help them register in time for the upcoming election.