Last week, Steve Mulroy, Daniel Kiel, and 18 other law professors at the University of Memphis law school filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Tennessee Supreme Court case dealing with voting rights restoration for former felons.

The article reads:

“During a press conference Tuesday, March 1, Mulroy along with Kiel and former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice George Brown announced their support for the brief. They also addressed the overall voting rights restoration issue for former felons in Tennessee.

‘We think the statute says that when some of these voting rights have been restored in other states, that’s it, they have the right to register to vote,’ Mulroy said.

‘We think that’s the correct view of the Tennessee statute. Unfortunately, the State of Tennessee — in what we consider to be a strained interpretation of the statute — has taken the position that even though the other states have said they are ready to vote, they nonetheless have to jump through the additional hoops provided by a different statute under Tennessee law that requires them to pay court costs and child support obligations.'”

Unfortunately, Tennessee has some of the most restrictive voting rights restoration processes for former felons in the country. 

Steve said: “Many, many people in Tennessee have been disenfranchised because of these laws, and they are disproportionally African American. We hope the court will view this brief and do the right thing and rule that people who have registered in other states can register to vote without more in Tennessee. I also hope this case shines the light on the bigger question of restoring the rights of people who have served their time.”

You can read the full Daily Memphian article here.