ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill is moving forward in the General Assembly that would restore an ex-felon’s voting rights while he is on parole or probation.
Senators debated the bill for an hour on Thursday, weighing the appropriate time for the restoration of someone’s voting rights.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Festivities Began In Baltimore County Sunday Evening
Current law states that someone in Maryland convicted of a felony is unable to register to vote for the length of their punishment, including prison time, probation and parole.READ MORE: Man Who Shot Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy Indicted On 18 Charges
The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore City, would make a person eligible to register as soon as they leave prison.
Opponents said what needs to be addressed are the administrative gaps that leave the state’s board of elections without updated criminal records and ex-felons in the dark on their voter eligibility.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Woodlawn Teen
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