University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Thompson v. Alabama"
Date Dec 3, 2019
Author CLC
Author Institution Campaign Legal Center (CLC)
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Abstract Alabama prevents some people from ever voting again even after they have fully served their sentence while others are only able to restore their rights if they comply with a burdensome process. Alabama is one of 11 other states that restrict voting rights even after a person has served his or her prison sentence and is no longer on probation or parole.
The lawsuit alleges that the “moral turpitude” standard used by Alabama to determine who can vote is intentionally racially discriminatory and leads to arbitrary and unconstitutional disenfranchisement of citizens. The term "moral turpitude" was first put into Alabama's constitution in 1901 during a constitutional convention held for the purpose of "establish[ing] white supremacy."
Source CLC

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case Thompson v. Alabama (CJ-AL-0015)

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