Trend in Voting Rights Legislation to Follow

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The Kentucky House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to automatically restore the voting rights of certain felons.

(See http://www.lex18.com/Global/story.asp?S=8105451&nav=menu203_2)

Rep. Parisi of Madison is currently sponsoring legislation in the Wisconsin Assembly to the same effect.

“Felon voting” was a huge issue in the 2004 Milwaukee elections fiasco. Legislation like this would allow felons who have been put on supervised release to be rewarded for their good behavior with automatic re-enfranchisement, instead of having to obtain a pardon from the governor to restore their voting rights.

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