A state court in North Carolina on Monday ruled that people who were previously incarcerated now have the right to vote.
The text of the opinion itself was still pending as of this writing.
North Carolina’s “felon disenfranchisement” law has racist origins.
“This case is not about felony disenfranchisement writ large,” N.C. attorney Orlando Rodriguez said during court last week.
“This case is not about the criminal justice system and the various inequities that exist throughout the criminal justice system writ large.”.
Despite the potentially time-limited nature of the achievement, its immediate impact was cause for celebration among voting rights advocates nonetheless.
If the result is allowed to stand, North Carolina will be the only southern state where formerly incarcerated individuals are automatically allowed to vote. »