Event Thursday to help restore voting rights


OAKMAN — An event will be hosted in Oakman Thursday in an effort to give people who may have lost their voting rights a chance to regain the privilege. 

The Alabama Voting Rights Project will be at the Oakman Senior Center on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help those who need their voting rights restored.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said officials with the project contacted him about hosting an event in the town, to which he obliged.

"We know there's a lot of people who have ran across some troubles in their lives and they have lost their rights to vote," Franks said. "Some people make mistakes at a young age, and they lose their voting rights for whatever reason. Now they're older and not the same person they once were.

"I think they deserve to have their voting rights restored, and this will be a great opportunity for people who have lost their voting rights to come down and get those voting rights restored to them."

The event is open to anyone in the county.

The Alabama Voting Rights Project is made possible through the Campaign Legal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center, serving to re-enfranchise thousands of Alabama residents by helping them obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote (CERV).

Franks said he is also hoping to have Oakman High School seniors visit the town's senior center Thursday morning to fill out paperwork to become a registered voter.