Attorney General Eric Holder wants several states including Alabama to consider restoring voting rights to felons.
He made the comments at a symposium to correct flaws in the criminal justice system.
Holder says nearly 6 million people are banned from voting because prior felony convictions. He says denying them the right to vote further disenfranchises inmates after they've left prison.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he is studying the proposal, but isn't ready to take a position.
"We'll study it further. I think when people have served their time. They've paid their debt to society. But voting rights are important and I want to make sure we make a careful decision there," Strange said.
Holder targeted 11 states to consider restoring voter rights: Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, Tennessee and Virginia.
Strange says he wouldn't favor giving voting rights back to people convicted off heinous crimes.
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