Bill would eliminate voting restrictions for ex-felons

Testimony on another good bill was heard by the Legislature’s Government, Military, and Veteran’s Affairs Committee. Sen. Justin Wayne introduced LB1027, which would immediately restore voting rights to convicted felons when they complete their sentence.

Currently, a person automatically regains his or her voting rights two years after completion of a felony sentence, including parole. LB1027, introduced by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, would eliminate this waiting period. 

Wayne said people who participate in the political process are 30 percent less likely to re-offend in the future. Voting helps people become more engaged in their communities, he said, which benefits everyone. 

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue,” Wayne said. “When you’ve done your time, you should be able to participate.”

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Text of LB1027

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