Prisoners used to transport Alabama Republican primary votes

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 13:54 EDT
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CNN reporter Dana Bash reveals that Alabama prisoners were used to transport Republican primary ballots in the state. Photo: Screenshot via CNN.com.
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During their Republican primary coverage last night, CNN cameras spotted something unusual in Alabama: prison inmates waiting in the wings to help transport voters’ ballots from a truck into a building where elections staff was waiting.

“This is something that they’ve done for years, I’m told,” CNN reporter Dana Bash told anchor Wolf Blitzer.

The prisoners were from a local jail and had not committed violent crimes. Part of their sentences was to perform services on behalf of the state.

Alabama bars felons from casting ballots, but certain convicts may have their voting rights restored if the state’s Pardons Unit sees fit. Offenders such as murderers, child pornographers, traitors or those who’ve been convicted of producing obscene matter are forever banned from voting.

This video was broadcast by CNN on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, as snipped by Talking Points Memo.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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