League of Women Voters of California v. McPherson (Voting Rights)

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Aug 22, 2006

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ACLU of Northern CA

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed League of Women Voters v. McPherson to restore the voting rights of over 145,000 Californians (mostly young men of color with non-violent felony convictions), who were recently disenfranchised by the Attorney General. The Attorney General's opinion challenged by the ACLU Foundation of Northern California states that individuals in jail as a condition of felony probation cannot vote, contrary to the language and legislative history of the California Constitution which disenfranchise only people in prison or on parole.

On Dec. 21, 2006, the First District Court of Appeal granted the ACLU Foundation of Northern California's petition for writ of mandate, restoring the voting rights of these wrongfully disenfranchised Californians.