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Appeal filed in case surrounding felon voting rights

Being classified as a felon because of a criminal conviction can have many impacts on your life. One of the those is that you might not be able to vote. The Louisiana Constitution that was passed in 1974 states that anyone who is "under an order of imprisonment" for a felony charge can't vote.

The terms of the constitution are being called into question because of the interpretation of what constitutes an order of imprisonment. One group, Voice of the Ex-Offender, asserts that felons who are on parole or probation aren't under orders of imprisonment and should be able to vote. It was noted that many of these felons are holding jobs, paying taxes and being productive members of society who shouldn't have their past issues held against them in this manner.

Earlier this year, a judge determined that the way things are set up now isn't fair. He also noted that the current voting restrictions on those with felony convictions are constitutional. The group has decided that the answer that judge gave isn't valid. They have taken the case up a level by filing an appeal.

Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal will now hear the case to decide if the lower court judge ruled appropriately. This will be an interesting case to follow, especially for the men and women on probation or parole who hope that they can have a say in upcoming elections that shape the world they live in.

The effects of a felony conviction can be far-reaching. That's why it's important to have an experienced Louisiana criminal defense attorney on your side.

Source: NOLA.com, "Voting rights for freed Louisiana felons? Appeal court to hear case," Sep. 28, 2017

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