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Step 2 -- Who is barred from voting?

But if you were convicted of a felony (a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than a year), you may still be eligible to register and to vote if the felony was not "involving moral turpitude." Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy definition of this term. Let me give you some examples:

  • crimes involving moral turpitude
    • murder
    • manslaughter first degree,
    • assault with intent to murder,
    • assault first and second degree
    • rape
    • sodomy first degree
    • bigamy
    • roberry
    • burglary
    • larceny
    • theft
    • forgery
    • income tax evasion
    • selling illegal drugs or possession of drugs for sale
    • desertion from the military in time of war

  • crimes not involving moral turpitude
    • possession of illegal drugs
    • driving while intoxicated
    • assault
    • assault with a dangerous weapon
    • liquor law violations
    • drunkeness
    • speeding
    • desertion from the military in time of peace

    Note: this list is based on my research of Alabama decisions. Because the Criminal Code was revised in 1977, the names of some crimes have been changed, I have tried to give the current names.

    If you are eligible to vote, go to the Board of Registrars in your county to register. You may also download a voter registration form at the Secretary of State's website and send it in the Board.

    If you are not eligible to register because of a felony involving moral turpitude, go to Step 3 to see if you can get a Certificate of Eligibility to Register.

  • This entry was posted by Edward at 11:45 AM, 17 September 2006 | Categories: Voters


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