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Hearing today to debate restoring voting rights to Minnesotans on probation

52,000 Minnesotans are currently not able to vote because they are on probation. The ACLU is pushing to change Minnesota law.

ST PAUL, Minn. — A group of reformed felons say it's undemocratic to bar people on probation from voting. They're teaming up with the ACLU on this case.

Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Ramsey County court, the group will argue their case.

Under the state's constitution, once you finish your sentence, which includes probation, then your voting rights are restored. But the ACLU says prolonged denial of voting rights violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. 

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The group pushing for reform wants Minnesota to adopt a similar system to North Dakota, where if you're not physically locked up, you can vote.

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