Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                 
Director of Public Relations              
Birmingham Public Library                            
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                          

Alabama Voting Rights Town Hall meeting to be held Oct. 19 at Five Points West Library 

What: Town Hall Meeting: Midterm and Beyond 
When: Friday, October 19, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Where: Five Points West Regional Branch Library, 4812 Ave. W Ensley, Birmingham, AL
Details: Sponsored by Alabama Civic Engagement Coalition. Topic of discussion: Voters Rights Restoration. For more information, call John Paul Taylor, a fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center, at 334-235-6789. 

Do you know what your rights are as an Alabama voter as the November 6 election approaches? The Five Points West Regional Branch Library is hosting an Alabama voting rights town hall meeting on Friday, October 19, 2018, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Alabama Voting Rights Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Alabama Civic Engagement Center, and the Campaign Legal Center. National, international, and Birmingham area speakers will answer questions and share their opinions about voting rights, voting injustices, and how to get the vote out during the November midterm elections. 

The Alabama Voter ID Bus will be on site from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to create free voter IDs just in time for elections. John Paul Taylor, a fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will meet privately with former offenders to assist in determining actual voting status. Each meeting will last approximately 15 minutes and is confidential. Taylor recently hosted free voting rights sessions at the Five Points West Library in July and August. 

"Many people think that if they have a felony conviction that they can't vote; however, changes in voting laws in 2017 re-enfranchised many Alabama citizens,” Taylor said. “At the town hall meeting, we will share information on the new laws and the various paths of restoration to provide direct services for formerly incarcerated persons. The Voter ID Bus will be here as many voters have been turned away at the polls due to insufficient identification. This will remedy that."

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