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New Mexico lawmakers review felon-voting rights proposal

New Mexico lawmakers review felon-voting rights proposal

Associated Press
January 23, 2019 03:24 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico proposal to ensure convicted felons do not lose voting rights while incarcerated or on parole has drawn debate in a committee hearing in Santa Fe.

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The legislation proposed by Democratic Rep. Gail Chasey, of Albuquerque, received its first hearing Wednesday before a House committee.

Supporters told lawmakers the bill represents a step toward boosting voting among minorities who have historically have faced disproportionately high incarceration rates.

Opponents questioned the reasoning behind extending voting rights for criminals, especially those who committed violent crimes.

Republican lawmakers say the measure is radical, and does not clarify the district where an inmate would be considered a resident.

Felons' voting rights in New Mexico are supposed to be restored after they've completed their sentence, parole or probation.
    

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