Legislation would restore felon voting rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker wants convicted felons to have their voting rights restored once they leave prison and are no longer under state supervision.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa said Thursday she plans to file legislation next year that will speed up the time it takes to restore voting rights to convicted felons.

State officials say state law prohibits former felons from registering to vote until the full length of their prescribed sentence has expired.

That means their voting rights cannot be restored even if they are not in prison and are no longer supervised by the Department of Corrections.

McIntyre says it's only fair to restore a convicted felon's voting rights once they've served their time.

Similar bills filed in the past have died in legislative committees.

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