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ACLU contends California must let former prisoners vote

SACRAMENTO -- California's refusal to let former state prison inmates vote while they serve community probation terms is under challenge by civil rights groups.

On behalf of groups including the League of Women Voters of California, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and the San Francisco-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit alleges Bowen wrongly told county election supervisors in 2011 that former state prisoners remain ineligible to vote until they finish their probation sentences.

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