Alongside the Alabama Civic Engagement (ACE) Coalition, LDF hosted a community dialogue where litigators connected with community organizers, entrepreneurs, lobbyists, students, and other leaders to discuss collective action.
Many attendees were formerly-incarcerated persons who now lead their own efforts to achieve rights restoration for returning citizens. From their personal experiences, they spoke to the challenges that returning citizens face when attempting to exercise their right to vote in AL.
Alabama isn’t the only state that places nearly insurmountable barriers between returning citizens and the polls. The currently ongoing case to uphold Amendment 4 in FL is another example of the institutional challenges placed upon returning citizens that, when coupled with mass incarceration of people of color, dampen the voting power of entire communities.