Missouri bill would restore ex-felons’ right to vote sooner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Most former felons in Missouri who were convicted of
nonviolent crimes would get their right to vote back sooner under two proposals.
Legislation debated Monday in a state Senate committee would give former
offenders the right to vote as soon as they’re released from prison. Missouri
felons currently lose the right to vote until they complete their probation and
parole terms. It’s unclear how far the proposals will advance this year. Some
Republicans on the committee argued that prisoners haven’t fully paid their
debts to society until they finish probation or parole.

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