Elizabeth Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa on Saturday hosted a rally for helping those who may have lost their right to vote.

It’s a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but in Alabama, convicted felons lose that right. But in some cases, that right can be restored.

“It’s as simple as a phone call and mailing a piece of paper in,” said resident Michael Lavender.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama said any convicted felon can contact the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles or mail in a certificate of eligibility to register to vote. Some felony convictions, including murder, rape and child pornography charges permanently prohibit a resident from voting, but most others can become eligible again.

L.C. Hall Jr. offered the rally to encourage residents to register and help convicted felons regain their rights.

“Each person has one vote, and that’s a power that’s truly ordained from god,” he said. “And I think we have a moral and civic responsibility to vote. People have died for you to have this right. People have made sacrifices for you to have this right.”


If you’d like to register to vote in the November election, visit alabamavotes.gov. Registration ends Oct. 24.

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