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Monday, August 16, 2010

Ind. Law - Suit filed in federal court challenges Indiana's disfranchisement of qualified voters who have been incarcerated by reason of a misdemeanor conviction

Here is a great NY Times graphic from March 27, 2004, showing the numbers of states that prohibit felons from voting: while in prison; while on parole; while on probation; after sentence is completed, for certain types of felons; after sentence is completed, for all felons. Indiana falls only in the "while in prison" group.

I was surprised to learn today that Indiana's prohibition applies to all incarcerated persons, whether imprisoned for a felony, or a misdemeanor.

A lawsuit filed today by David R. Snyder in the SD of Indiana challenges:

discriminatory and unlawful procedures that disenfranchised Snyder and other qualified voters who have been incarcerated by reason of a misdemeanor conviction, even though Article 2, ยง8 of the Indiana Constitution permits the deprivation of the right to suffrage only of persons convicted of and imprisoned for an "infamous crime," which the courts of Indiana have defined as a felony.
Access the 10-page complaint here; and Exhibit A, the "Notice of Disfranchisement' here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 16, 2010 02:24 PM
Posted to Indiana Law