Nearly a quarter million of Alabama’s 5 million residents are unable to vote in Tuesday’s Senatorial election, due to fees owed to the state. They’re ex-felons, most of them are poor and more than half are black. They’ve completed their sentences, including parole, but are denied the right to vote until they finish paying off fines and fees. For some, that could take decades. Diane Roberts follows Tim Lanier, who is suing Alabama and says the fees are modern day poll tax.

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