The law in Alabama regarding which people with past convictions can and cannot vote has been historically confusing.
In 2017, the Alabama Legislature passed a new law clarifying the rules and likely enfranchising tens of thousands or more Alabamians. Follow the steps below to determine if you are qualified for mandatory rights restoration.
have you been convicted of any of the following felonies?
Aggravated child abuse
Assault (1st or 2nd degree)
Attempt to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime
Burglary (1st or 2nd degree)
Conspiracy to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime
Dissemination or public display of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
Distribution, possession with intent to distribute, production of, or offer or agreement to distribute or produce obscene material
Electronic solicitation of a child
Endangering the water supply
Enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes
Facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child
Facilitating the online solicitation of a child
Facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act
Forgery (1st or 2nd degree)
Hindrance or obstruction during detection, disarming, or destruction of a destructive device or weapon
Hindering prosecution of terrorism
Human trafficking (1st or 2nd degree)
Kidnapping (1st or 2nd degree)
Murder (including noncapital, reckless, and felony murder)
Parents or guardians permitting children to engage in production of obscene matter
Possession or possession with intent to disseminate of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapon
Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a detonator, explosive, poison, or hoax device
Possession or distribution of a hoax device represented as a destructive device or weapon
Production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
Production or distribution of a destructive device or weapon intended to cause injury or destruction
Prohibited acts in the offer, sale, or purchase of securities
Rape (1st or 2nd degree)
Robbery (1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree)
Selling, furnishing, giving away, delivering, or distribution of a destructive device, a bacteriological weapon, or biological weapon to a person who is less than 21years of age
Sexual abuse (1st or 2nd degree)
Sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old
Sodomy (1st or 2nd degree)
Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism
Theft of lost property (1st or 2nd degree)
Theft of property (1st or 2nd degree)
Theft of trademarks or trade secrets
Torture or other willful maltreatment of a child under the age of 18 (Child Abuse)
Trafficking in cannabis, cocaine, or other illegal drugs or trafficking in amphetamine or methamphetamine
Traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act
Even if you have not completed your sentence, have outstanding fines or fees, or have been wrongly told you cannot vote, you never lost your voting rights.REGISTER NOW
There are three ways to register to vote in Alabama.
Even if you have been convicted of one of the above crimes, you still may be eligible to have your right to vote restored.
Many people with one of the above convictions may still regain their right to vote by filling out a simple form called a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote (CERV).
People who meet the criteria for a CERV must be given a certificate that will allow them to register to vote within 44 days. If you meet the criteria, you must be given a certificate to vote. The final decision is not up to a local election official.
The Alabama Voting Rights Project or another entity can help look up your exact conviction in the state's database. Please give us a call at 202-736-2200.CALL US
You will need to complete your sentence, including probation and parole, before you can apply for a CERV. Once you have completed your sentence, if you meet the CERV criteria you can apply to restore your voting rights. If you have more than three years remaining on your sentence, you can consider applying for a pardon. Please contact us if you have any questions.
If you have pending felony charges, you are not currently eligible for a CERV. If the charge is only for traffic or a misdemeanor, you should answer know to this question. Once your felony charge has been resolved, you can apply for a CERV.
Questions about your pending charges? Please give us a call at 202-736-2200.
Outstanding fines, fees, or restitution are only relevant to voting rights if they are connected to a disqualifying conviction.
For example, if you have a conviction of Burglary 2nd (disqualifying) and Burglary 3rd (not disqualifying) and owe fines and fees under the Burglary 3rd conviction, you do not owe any relevant fines or fees for the purposes of CERV.
If you aren't sure whether you owe fines, fees or restitution, that's OK! Alabama Voting Rights Project can look this up for you. Call us at 202-736-2200.
If a person owes outstanding fines, fees, or restitution that were imposed because of the disqualifying conviction, they are not yet eligible to restore their right to vote through the CERV process. They may, however, ask the Board of Pardons andParoles to reduce or forgive those fees.
If the person has outstanding fines, fees, or restitution but they were imposed in connection with a conviction that was not a disqualifying felony, they are not a barrier to restoring the person's rights or registering to vote.
If the person is not sure whether they owe fines, fees, or restitution or are unsure of which conviction they are related to, we or another organization with access to Alacourt can help them find out.
You can request a reduction or forgiveness of fines, fees, or
-By filling out the form on pages 23-24 and mailing it to The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, PO Box 302405, Montgomery, AL 36130-2405. For more information or assistance, call 202-736-2200.
-By calling the Board of Pardons and Paroles at 334-353-7771 or 334-353-8067.
-Or by emailing a completed form or all the information requested on the form firstname.lastname@example.org,subject line: “Request for Remission of Fines and Fees”
The Board can only reduce or forgive fines and fees that have been imposed by the state of Alabama, not by other states or the United States government.
There are four ways to apply for a CERV.
Apply in person.
Visit your local Board of Pardons and Paroles. This may be the best option for ensuring your CERV is granted in a timely manner.
You are not eligible for a CERV, but you may be able to restore your right to vote by seeking a pardon from the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
If you have a conviction of murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse or sexual abuse against children, you may be eligible. If you were convicted of treason, impeachment or if a death sentence has been imposed and not commuted, you are not eligible.
If you are prevented from restoring your right to vote because you cannot afford to pay your fees and fines, please contact us if you'd like to discuss your options further.
The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. Through the Alabama Voting Rights Project, the Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center help eligible Alabamians regain their right to vote and get registered.