Legislation intended to clarify state law pertaining to restoration of a convict’s voting rights has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa, filed House Bill 2277 for consideration during the second regular session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature, which convenes Feb. 1. HB 2277 provides that anyone convicted of a felony could register to vote upon having “fully served” his/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 “shall be ineligible to register for a period of time equal to the time prescribed in the judgment and sentence.”