An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to clarify the state law regarding a convict’s voting rights. Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa filed House Bill 2277 for the upcoming legislative session. The proposed bill states that anyone convicted of a felony could register to vote after having “fully served” his or her sentence, “including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision,” or after completing a probationary period imposed by a judge.
“My intent is not to change the law, but simply to clarify some ambiguous language in the statutes,” Goodwin said. The law as written is “confusing,” she said. “We need to make it clearer.”
State law now says that anyone convicted of a felony can’t register to vote for a period of time equal to the time prescribed in the judgement and sentence.