A state judge in Baton Rouge is slated to rule Monday on the legality of a four-decades-old Louisiana law that bars felons on probation and parole from voting.
There are roughly 71,000 such persons in the state.
Attorneys for eight individuals and a group called Voice of the Ex-Offender challenged the constitutionality of the 1976 law in a case that’s being heard by District Court Tim Kelley.
Both sides have filed motions asking Kelley to rule in their favor. The case would go directly to the Louisiana Supreme Court if the judge strikes down the law.