Alabama House attempting to refine crimes that forfeit voting rights

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Months after the presidential election, the debate over which Alabamians have the right to vote continues, as lawmakers in Montgomery are attempting to define what criminal convictions should disqualify a resident from voting.

Sponsored by Andalusia-Republican state Rep. Mike Jones, HB 282 passed the Alabama House of Representatives by a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Under the Alabama Constitution, a person who commits a felony involving moral turpitude loses his or her right to vote. HB 282, better known as the Moral Turpitude Act, establishes a comprehensive list of 42 felonies that involve moral turpitude, which lawmakers consider worthy of voter disqualification.

Below are the 42 felony felonies listed in the bill. Most follow specific stipulations, for details check out the full text of the bill here.

  1. Murder
  2. Manslaughter
  3. Assault
  4. Kidnapping in the first degree
  5. Kidnapping in the second degree
  6. Rape
  7. Sodomy
  8. Sexual torture
  9. Sexual abuse
  10. Enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes
  11. Soliciting a child by computer
  12. Human trafficking
  13. Terrorism
  14. Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism
  15. Hindering prosecution of terrorism
  16. Endangering the water supply
  17. Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapon
  18. Selling, furnishing, giving away, delivering, or distribution of a destructive device, a bacteriological weapon, or biological weapon to a person who is less than 21 years of age
  19. Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a detonator, explosive, poison, or hoax device
  20. Possession or distribution of a hoax device represented as a destructive device or weapon
  21. Attempt to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime
  22. Conspiracy to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime
  23. Hindrance or obstruction during detection, disarming, or destruction of a destructive device or weapon
  24. Possession or distribution of a destructive device or weapon intended to cause injury or destruction
  25. Treason
  26. Dissemination or public display of obscene 6 matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
  27. Possession and possession with intent to disseminate obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
  28. Parents or guardians permitting children to engage in production of obscene matter
  29. Production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts
  30. Distribution, possession with intent to distribute, production of obscene material, or offer or agreement to distribute or produce
  31. Trafficking in cannabis, cocaine, or other illegal drugs or trafficking in amphetamine and methamphetamine
  32. Bigamy
  33. Incest
  34. Torture or other willful maltreatment of a child under the age of 18
  35. Aggravated child abuse
  36. Prohibited acts in the offer, sale, or purchase of securities
  37. Burglary
  38. Theft of property
  39. Theft of lost property
  40. Theft of trademarks or trade secrets as defined
  41. Robbery
  42. Forgery
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  1. I think 95% of all people have been guilty of ” theft of property ” at some point in their life. I think they need to read think a few of those. Also , if you own large acerage and need to blow some stumps out of the ground, it should be league you do so.

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