Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington South introduced the second leg of amendments that would restore voting rights to eligible felons who have completed their sentences. House Bill 10 would eliminate the five-year waiting period needed to restore voting rights after a felon has been discharged.
“Voting is one of the most important civic duties we have in this country. If you ask civic-minded people who have had their voting rights taken away and then restored, they will tell you that they do not want to ever go through that again,” said Rep. Keeley in a release. “We are talking about people who have completed their sentence and been released from prison, then completed their probation and made restitution. At that point, their sentence ends right there and they should be able to vote.”