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June 25, 2008


Contact: Nsombi Lambright- 601-354-3408, 601-573-3978

Brent Cox – 601-354-3408

Mississippi Voter Registration Day To Be Celebrated At Medgar Evers Library

Jackson, MS-- On Wednesday, July 2, 2008, the former State Representative Erik R. Fleming, along with the ACLU of MS, the state conference of NAACP and others will host the 4th annual Mississippi Voter Registration Day at the Medgar Evers Library, 4215 Medgar Evers Blvd., from 2:00 to 5:00p.m. Local radio station, WJMI, will host a live remote in front of the library.

July 2nd is the birthday of Mississippi Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers. While in the state legislature, Fleming authored a bill to have this day declared MS Voter Registration Day.

The purpose of this event is to make sure that individuals with felony convictions understand their voting rights and register to vote if they can. According to national surveys, over 140,000 Mississippians have lost their voting rights as a result of felony convictions. Most Mississippians who have been convicted of a felony do not know their voting rights once they’ve completed the terms of their sentences. This event will also educate citizens about the state law and legislative and legal processes to have their voting rights restored.

According to the state Constitution, ten felony crimes take your voting rights away. Those are: murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretenses, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy. The Attorney General and the Secretary of State added 11 additional crimes in 2005 that expand the definition of theft. The ACLU is currently challenging the addition of these crimes.

“As we saw with the recent municipal, state and presidential elections, every vote is important. But even with such a significant demonstration of democracy, especially in 2003 and 2004, a number of citizens have still not entered this process,” says Fleming.

The NAACP, ACLU and Fleming are part of a coalition called the Mississippi Voter Empowerment Coalition, formed to ensure that every adult citizen in Mississippi can vote.

Nsombi Lambright, Executive Director

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of MS

P.O. Box 2242

Jackson, MS 39225

601-354-3408 (phone)

601-355-6465 (fax)


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