2016 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 (2016) What's This?

Section 15-22-36.1

Certificate 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 at the time of sentencing on disqualifying cases.

(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). Within 30 days of the initial application for a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote, the officer shall draft a report of his or her findings including a statement as to whether the applicant 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 to the Executive Director of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

(e) If the report created pursuant to subsection (c) states that the applicant has met all of the eligibility criteria set forth in subsection (a), and the executive director or his or her designee attests that the report has been submitted properly and accurately, the Board of Pardons and Paroles shall issue a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote to the applicant within 14 days of receipt of the report by the executive director.

(f) If the report created pursuant to subsection (c) states that the applicant has not met all of the eligibility criteria set forth in subsection (a), and the executive director or his or her designee attests that the report has been submitted properly and accurately, the Board of Pardons and Paroles shall not issue a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote and shall notify the applicant of the decision and reason or reasons for the decision within 14 days of receipt of the report by the executive director. The applicant, upon completion of the eligibility requirement in subsection (a) for restoration of his or her rights, may submit a new application at any time if he or she has met the certification criteria.

(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.

(i) Each state or county correctional facility, prison, or jail shall post materials to be prepared by the Secretary of State and the Board of Pardons and Paroles notifying incarcerated individuals of the requirements and procedures for having one's voting rights restored.

(Act 2003-415, p. 1205, §2; Act 2016-387, §1.)

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