SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Secretary of State Debra Bowen is being sued over a decision she made in 2011 that said tens of thousands of criminals who are serving their sentences under community supervision are ineligible to vote.
The American Civil Liberties Union, League of Woman Voters, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and other groups filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court.READ MORE: Deadly Hit-And Run Marks Sixth Pedestrian Fatality in San Jose in 3 Weeks
It’s the second voting-related lawsuit challenging Bowen’s interpretation of the 2011 realignment law, which is designed to reduce state prison overcrowding. The first included those serving time in county jails but stalled in the courts.READ MORE: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
The latest lawsuit would apply to nearly 60,000 convicts who are sentenced to mandatory supervision or post-release community supervision.
It argues that state law prohibits voting only by those in state prison or on parole.MORE NEWS: Officials Warn Waves, Rip Currents Expected to Be Dangerous Through Monday
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