This really interesting report is by Rebecca Santana in the Associated Press
New Orleans — A federal appeals court [heard] arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is a difficult process.
Six convicted felons are pushing to have their voting rights restored through a lawsuit filed in federal court in Mississippi. They have argued that the restrictions imposed in 1890 were designed to “permanently disenfranchise black voters…”
The felons argued to the appeals court in briefs that [the laws in question]: “…ensure that, with extremely limited and arbitrary exceptions, a citizen convicted in a Mississippi state court of a disenfranchising felony will never again vote in the state, no matter how minor the underlying crime or how long the citizen may live after sentence completion.”
The information is relayed by StarTribune. Read the full article through this link.