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carzen Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:09 PM
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ACLU files suit over Mississippi's voting laws
The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has filed a lawsuit over the state's denial of voting rights to people convicted of felony crimes that include shoplifting, timber larceny and extortion.

The suit was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court on behalf of two residents against Mississippi's secretary of state's office and the attorney general's office. The ACLU is asking the court for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to allow people convicted of felonies to register to vote.

The Mississippi Constitution lists 10 crimes that result in the loss of voting rights if committed. Eleven other crimes were added to the list in 2004 based on an attorney general's opinion.

It is the latter group of crimes that the ACLU is challenging, said Nsombi Lambright, executive director of the state organization, which held a news conference Monday to announce the legal action.

"We're trying to get the state to stop taking voting rights away from people who have been convicted of crimes other than the 10 listed in the state's Constitution," she said.


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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:14 PM
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1. K&R(nt)
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:14 PM
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2. KnR #2.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:24 PM
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3. Yay! nt
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:32 PM
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:43 PM
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5. K&R #7 n/t
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:29 PM
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6. For pete's sake, how many times has Miss.been taken to court
for lousy voting practices? Must be at least a dozen. That state needs to get a grip.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:35 PM
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JimDandy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:26 AM
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8. What would our Democracy do without the ACLU?
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