Public Hearing: Voting Rights Lawsuit
All adult Californians have a constitutional right to vote except while they are “imprisoned or on parole for conviction of a felony” or are mentally incompetent. But the California Secretary of State has expanded this exclusion to include people who are neither imprisoned nor on parole but are on new forms of community supervision created by California’s 2011 Criminal Justice Realignment Act.
As a result, more than 58,000 Californians have been wrongfully disenfranchised.
The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), along with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, filed a lawsuit to ensure that these Californians can exercise their right to vote.
ACLU-NC Staff Attorney Michael T. Risher will argue at this public hearing on the merits of the writ of mandate.
Dept. 31, Alameda County Superior Court, U.S. Post Office Building
201 Thirteenth Street, 2nd Floor