There is good news coming on this front from an unexpected corner. According to a really interesting article at local KPVI Radio written by Todd DeFeo:
Georgia lawmakers are looking into the possibility of allowing some non-violent felony offenders to vote. The “Senate Study Committee on Revising Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felony Offenders” will review the current law and how it affects “reintegrating persons back into society,” according to a release from the state Senate.
The passage of Senate Resolution 153 during this year’s session created the study committee, which must report its findings by Dec. 1. The results could lead to legislative proposals for the 2020 session.
“While Georgia’s laws should remain strong when punishing those convicted of dangerous crimes, we also want to ensure that non-violent offenders have the opportunity to reintegrate into society,” state Sen. Randy Robertson, R-Cataula, chair of the five-member study committee, said in a statement.
Georgia’s constitution bars anyone “convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude” from voting or registering to vote “except upon completion of the sentence.” That includes completing probation and paying any case-related fees, The Associated Press reported.
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