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Swanson has a double disability to running

A candidate disqualified from the [Alabama] Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate is suing to get back on the ballot and have another election.

Johnny Swanson of Birmingham filed a suit in federal court in Montgomery against Democratic Party officials and state officials. The suit, filed Tuesday as voters cast ballots in primary elections, seeks to reinstate his candidacy and have a Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate.

The suit also seeks to have the state parole board restore Swanson's voting rights, which he lost following a 1996 conviction on a tax charge. Swanson said Friday he has been trying for nearly a year to get his voting rights back.

State Democratic Party Chairman Redding Pitt said Friday that party officials were unaware of Swanson's voting status until he filed the suit. -- Swanson sues to get back in U.S. Senate race (AP via TimesDaily.com)