Louisiana Supreme Court upholds block on ex-felons voting, chief justice dissents

A Louisiana law that takes effect in March and will allow felons who have been out of prison for five years to register to vote — despite remaining on probation or parole — doesn’t go far enough to address state laws that “unconstitutionally disenfranchise” its citizens, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says. Johnson’s written comments came in a dissent Monday as the state high court denied an appeal filed by a group of convicted felons who challenged a 1976 Louisiana law that barred felons on probation or parole from voting. Joe Gyan, Jr., The Advocate.

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