Ala. stops voter registration driver for prisoners

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's prisons commissioner has stopped a drive to register inmates to vote so they can cast absentee ballots from inside state prisons.

Richard Allen's decision to halt the program Thursday afternoon came after opposition from the Alabama Republican Party.

State Republican Chairman Mike Hubbard told Allen in a letter Thursday that the party supports the idea of registering more people to vote.

But he says that doesn't extend to prisoners. Hubbard said he was concerned about possible voter fraud.

A coalition of groups began registering inmates to vote in state prisons this week.

Nearly 80 filled out registration forms in two days.

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