Lawsuits seek to have voting rights restored to ex cons

Mississippi has a racially biased system of removing voting rights from people convicted of certain crimes and a burdensome method of restoring those rights after ex-convicts serve their time, according to two federal lawsuits that seek change.

One lawsuit was filed in September by the Mississippi Center for Justice, and the other was filed in March by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Plaintiffs in both cases are former convicts who…

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