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An appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court aims to grant voting rights to thousands more people on probation and parole

this is a discussion within the NOLA Community Forum; Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a measure that will restore voting rights to potentially thousands of Louisiana residents on probation and parole, an appeal before the Louisiana Supreme Court could determine the voting rights for thousands more. The ...

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An appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court aims to grant voting rights to thousands more people on probation and parole


Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a measure that will restore voting rights to potentially thousands of Louisiana residents on probation and parole, an appeal before the Louisiana Supreme Court could determine the voting rights for thousands more.

The court may consider a request for an appeal of a lower court ruling that*upheld a 1976 Louisiana law barring people convicted of a felony who are on probation and parole from entering the voting booth.

The bill Edwards signed ? effective March 2019 ?*restores voting rights to most people convicted of felony crimes after a five-year period after leaving prison, which will impact roughly 3,000 of the state?s 70,000 formerly incarcerated people under probation and parole.
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