NATION IN BRIEF
Miss. ACLU Sues to Restore Some Felons' Voting Rights
JACKSON, Miss. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has filed a lawsuit over the state's denial of voting rights to people convicted of felonies that include shoplifting, timber larceny and extortion.
The Mississippi Constitution lists 10 crimes that result in the loss of voting rights if committed. Eleven other crimes were added to the list in 2004 based on an attorney general's opinion.
It is the latter group of crimes that the ACLU is challenging, the executive director of the state organization said.
Attorney General Jim Hood said his opinion was based on a 1998 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that approved the additional crimes for disenfranchisement.
David Blount, a spokesman for Secretary of State Eric Clark, said he had not seen the lawsuit. Clark's office oversees Mississippi elections.
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