Monday, April 24, 2017

Legislature approves bill to restore ex-felon voting rights

The Nebraska Legislature has approved a bill (LB 75) that would restore voting rights to ex-felons immediately after they complete their prison sentence or probation. The bill eliminates the current two-year waiting period before voting rights can be restored.

The Legislature approved the bill on a 27-13 vote, with nine abstentions. 

More information here.

Update: Governor Pete Ricketts says he will not sign the bill to restore felon voting rights. The legislature's 27-13 vote to pass the bill is three votes shy of the 30 votes needed to override a veto.

Read more in the Omaha World-Herald.

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