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6 States That Have No Legislation to Restrict Voting Rights to Felons

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 03:51 PM

Most states have some kind of restriction for felons to regain their voting rights. State lawmakers may try to relieve the process, making it easier for people getting out of prison to exercise their rights to vote.

Other legislators may reverse previous laws to make it tougher on people to vote after leaving prison. Restrictions can change either way for felons within a period of a few years.

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Two states have no restrictions on voting privileges, according to ProCon.org and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Others have made attempts on lessening restrictions.

Here are six states with no restrictions or legislation that has been changed over the years:

Maine and Vermont: These states have no restrictions on voting rights for felons. They can vote even while they are in prison. Vermont requires that voters be 18 years of age, residents of the state and take a voter's oath. Maine's constitution allows voting privileges for people who reside on federal property.

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Iowa and Florida: State lawmakers have taken measures to restore voting rights for felons only to have those laws reversed. In Iowa, a governor's executive order in 2005 restored voting rights to all ex-felons. However, the order was later rescinded in 2011. The Office of Executive Clemency in Florida voted to restore voting rights for non-violent offenders in 2007. The decision was reversed in 2011, forcing ex-felons to wait at least five years after they completed their sentence.

Washington: In 2009, ex-felons were given the right to vote without having to pay all fines, fees, and restitution following their sentences.

Kentucky: State legislators passed a bill in 2001 to help eligible offenders restore their voting rights. The bill required the Department of Corrections to inform and aid them in completing the restoration process for their right to vote.

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