New Jersey considers easing voting restrictions on convicts

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November 30, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey could soon join more than a dozen states that allow convicts out of jail on parole or probation the right to vote.

The Democratic-led Assembly passed legislation just before the Thanksgiving holiday, sending the measure to the Democratic-led state Senate.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy declined to weigh in but has previously expressed that offenders deserve second chances.

Under current law, convicts who are incarcerated, on parole or on probation are denied the ability to vote. The proposed law would let those on parole or probation vote.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says New Jersey would join 16 other states and the District of Columbia to bar only those convicts who are incarcerated from voting.

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