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Battleground Alabama: formerly incarcerated vote for first time after voting rights restored

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Photo credit: Keem Ibarra

African Americans who could not vote as late as last month file into polling stations to cast a vote in the contested Alabama U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

The silent game changer, once again, are African American voters who make up 27 percent of the population.

This time, the black voting population includes formerly incarcerated individuals whose voting rights were restored just in time for this election.

Formerly incarcerated men vote in contested election in Alabama. Photo credit: Kira Lerner

Think Progress reports African Americans brought copies of their mug shots to the polls along with a hunger to change the course of events. But, not necessarily for the candidates, to show the world that they too are full citizens.

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