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Judge: Felons on probation, parole can't vote in Louisiana

5 months 1 week 19 hours ago Monday, March 13 2017 Mar 13, 2017 March 13, 2017 12:57 PM March 13, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Judge Tim Kelley (Photo: 19th Judicial District Court)

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has refused to restore voting rights for more than 70,000 Louisiana residents who are on probation or parole for felony crimes.

Judge Tim Kelley says keeping those thousands of people from voting is unfair. But he says Louisiana's constitution and state law required him to continue denying the voting rights.

As he issued his decision Monday, Kelley said: "I don't like this ruling."

The lawsuit was filed by the group Voice of the Ex-Offender and several convicted felons deemed unable to vote. Lawyer Bill Quigley, representing the plaintiffs, says they will appeal Kelley's ruling.

Quigley argued that a 1974 state constitution provision allowing suspension of voting rights for people "under an order of imprisonment" for a felony wasn't intended to include people on probation and parole.

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