Supreme Court Asked to Restore Felon Voting Rights in Mississippi
Civil rights group claims voting bar is rooted in racism
(Epoch Times) A left-wing civil rights group is asking the Supreme Court to review the felon disfranchisement provision of the Mississippi Constitution that permanently prevents certain felons from voting, claiming that the law is rooted in racial animus.
The appeal isn’t expected to affect the approaching Nov. 8 elections.
The petition in the case, Harness v. Watson, is expected to be docketed by the Supreme Court in the coming days. The respondent, Michael Watson, is Mississippi’s Republican secretary of state.
The petitioners, Roy Harness and Kamal Karriem, are black Mississippi residents. Harness was convicted of forgery in 1986. Karriem, a former Columbus City Council member, was convicted of embezzlement in 2005. Both have completed their sentences.
According to a summary provided by the Mississippi Center for Justice, which is representing the men, Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution permanently blocks from voting anyone…Read the rest