Delta Sigma Theta to host summit on expungement and voter rights restoration

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The Montgomery chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s alumnae will host a conference on voters’ rights and expungement issues this Saturday, December 12 in the Capital City.

The panel wil kick off with a roundtable discussion themed on the isssues called “Return to Society: Restoring the Right to Vote for Ex-Felons.”

Panelists will include state Rep. Chris England, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven L. Reed, Lucia Hermo of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Christopher L. Smith, CEO & President of CLS Enterprises.

“During the panel discussion, we will discuss how thousands across the state are currently being disenfranchised, despite, having paid their societal debts,” said sorority spokeswoman Kynesha Brown. “We will also discuss the impact of convictions as it relates to voter turnout, the current Alabama Expungement Law, and the recent closing of DMV offices in the Black Belt area.”

Information on ex-offender employment and other community resources will also be available. Attendees can register to vote and learn about the process for restoring voting rights. There will also be help available regarding how to properly dress and prepare for an interview, how to further education, and how to properly complete a job application and resume, according to a release.

The event is set to run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, at Carver High School in Montgomery.

Delta Sigma Theta bills itself as “a public service organization of college educated women with more than 250,000 members worldwide.”

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