A bill in Alabama will give some felons the right to vote. The bill, called the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act passed both houses on Wednesday, and is pending review of the legal office. The bill once signed by the Governor would define the term “moral turpitude,” as it is used in the state constitution. Currently, moral turpitude as used stipulates that “no person convicted of a felony of moral turpitude” may vote.
By redefining the definition of “moral turpitude” the bill could specify what “felonies would disqualify a person from exercising his or her right to vote,” the legislation states. The passing of this bill would have wide-reaching impacts on a segment of society that has been disenfranchised and left out of the voting process. The legislation would also restore voting rights for Alabamians who are charged with felonies but have yet to be convicted.