Some lawmakers in Tennessee are pushing legislation that would grant convicted felons a second chance at the right to vote. Currently, there are more than 400,000 convicted felons across the state of Tennessee who don’t have that right. But a bill put forth by Democratic State Senator Brenda Gilmore from Nashville could change that. “My view is if you want people to act civilized and be civilized, you have to treat them in a civilized manner,” said Democratic District 28 State Rep. Yusuf Hakeem.
Hakeem is a supporter of the bill that would allow felons to re-apply for their right to vote–post conviction.\
“That basic right to vote, I think, has a great impact on keeping people out,” Hakeem told Channel 3.
Hakeem, a newcomer to politics, he says he’s already spoken with Gilmore about carrying Senate Bill 36 in the House.