2015 Code of Alabama
Title 15 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
Chapter 22 - PARDONS, PAROLES, AND PROBATION.
Article 2 - Pardons and Paroles.
Section 15-22-36.1 - Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote.

AL Code § 15-22-36.1 (2015) What's This?
Section 15-22-36.1Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote.

(a) Any other provision of law notwithstanding, any person, regardless of the date of his or her sentence, may apply to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote if all of the following requirements are met:

(1) The person has lost his or her right to vote by reason of conviction in a state or federal court in any case except those listed in subsection (g).

(2) The person has no criminal felony charges pending against him or her in any state or federal court.

(3) The person has paid all fines, court costs, fees, and victim restitution ordered by the sentencing court.

(4) Any of the following are true:

a. The person has been released upon completion of sentence.

b. The person has been pardoned.

c. The person has successfully completed probation or parole and has been released from compliance by the ordering entity.

(b) The Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote shall be granted upon a determination that all of the requirements in subsection (a) are fulfilled.

(c) Upon receipt of an application under this section, investigation of the request shall be assigned forthwith to an officer of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. The assigned officer shall verify, through court records, records of the board, and records of the Department of Corrections, that the applicant has met the qualifications set out in subsection (a). The officer shall draft a report of his or her findings and make a recommendation concerning whether the offender has successfully completed his or her sentence and has complied with all the eligibility requirements provided in subsection (a).

(d) After completing the investigation set out in subsection (c), the officer shall submit his or her report of investigation and recommendation to the Executive Director of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, who shall refer the report and recommendation to a senior staff member to determine whether the applicant has met the qualifications set out in subsection (a).

(e) Upon the senior staff member's completion of his or her review of the report and recommendation and a determination that all eligibility requirements of subsection (a) have been met, he or she shall file a report with the Executive Director of the Board of Pardons and Paroles stating whether or not all of the criteria for obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote have been met. Within 45 days of the date of the initial application for a certificate under this section, the executive director shall make the reports and recommendations available to the members of the board for review and if, within five days, no objection is made by a board member on the basis that the criteria set out in subsection (a) have not been met, the executive director shall issue a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote to the applicant; provided, however, that the 45-day requirement in this sentence shall not apply for the first 90 days following September 25, 2003. Upon determination by the senior staff member that any of the criteria have not been met, the applicant shall be notified of the reasons the Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote will not be issued and that upon satisfaction of all outstanding requirements, a new request may be submitted by the applicant.

(f) In the event a board member objects to the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote on the basis that the criteria set out in subsection (a) have not been met, the matter shall be referred to the next hearing docket of the board, without regard to any other provision of law affecting the setting of a hearing date, for the board to determine whether the applicant has met the criteria established by subsection (a). In the event the board determines, by a majority vote, that the criteria have been met, the executive director shall forthwith issue a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote to the applicant. Upon a determination by the board that the criteria have not been met, the applicant shall be notified of the reasons the Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote will not be issued, and that upon satisfaction of all outstanding requirements, a new application may be submitted by the applicant.

(g) A person who has lost his or her right to vote by reason of conviction in a state or federal court for any of the following will not be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote under this section: Impeachment, murder, rape in any degree, sodomy in any degree, sexual abuse in any degree, incest, sexual torture, enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes, soliciting a child by computer, production of obscene matter involving a minor, production of obscene matter, parents or guardians permitting children to engage in obscene matter, possession of obscene matter, possession with intent to distribute child pornography, or treason.

(h) This section shall not affect the right of any person to apply to the board for a pardon with restoration of voting rights pursuant to Section 15-22-36.

(Act 2003-415, p. 1205, §2.)

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