The Alabama voting law that could keep minorities from the polls

Doug Jones talking to voters in Alabama. Photo: Getty

Alabama is one of nine states that enacts a law barring ex-offenders who are in financial debt from voting — and they won't regain voting rights until they pay their outstanding court or legalfees in full.

Why it matters: African Americans make up more than half of the 286,266 people in Alabama affected by this law, despite accounting for only 26% of the electorate.