An ex-felon is encouraging other ex-felons in East Tennessee to vote.
Maurice Clark, Sr. spent most of the day Tuesday at the corner of Chestnut and Magnolia in East Knoxville with a booth for ex-felons and non-felons alike to register to vote before the October 8 deadline.
Clark says he was released from prison in 2004 and was not able to vote in the 2008 presidential election. His voting rights have since been restored, and he will be voting this time.
He wants other ex-felons like him to know they can do the same.
"I just want to get the word out there to a lot of other ex-felons to let them know that they can also have their rights restored as long as they're through with all the judicial supervision and so-forth," he said.
Anyone convicted of a felony loses his or her right to vote, but most can petition to have that right restored once their sentence is complete.
Clark says in his first three hours, about 30 people registered to vote.