September 12, 2008

Press Release

ACLU of Oklahoma to have press conference regarding inappropriate communication from county election boards
Oklahoma City – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma will speak to the media on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. about the disenfranchisement of voting rights for former felons. The deadline to register for the presidential election is Oct. 10, making this issue even timelier.

After a felon has completed their time served and restitution, they are free to register again and vote. A large number of county election boards involved in a 2005 survey conducted by the ACLU of Oklahoma gave incorrect information about the voting rights of former felons. This misinformation ranged from having no documents discussing the voting process of these members of society to stating that former felons never regained the right to vote.
The ACLU of Oklahoma believes a functioning democracy must be properly educated on its rights, and former felons are a part of our democracy.

The press conference will be at the ACLU of Oklahoma conference room. Please contact Katy Jones if attending.

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