The ruling follows a 2018 amendment to Florida’s constitution restoring voting rights to former felons upon completion of sentences and probation.
On. Dec. 18, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to restore voting rights to those who are on probation or parole after completing prison sentences. The law will take effect in Mar. 2020. Previously, voting was allowed only after completion of probation or parole.
Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Dec. 12 reinstating the vote of people convicted of nonviolent felonies who had finished their sentences. His father issued the same order as governor in 2015, but it was overturned by incoming governor Matt Bevin. Iowa is now the only state that has a total ban on voting by former felons.
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People convicted of felonies in Colorado who have completed their prison sentences but are on parole can now vote.
On June 27, 2019, Florida’s governor signed a bill into law that requires that people convicted of felonies must pay restitution, court fees, and fine before the right to vote will be restored. The right to vote was restored to most people with prior felonies by statewide vote (Amendment 4) in Nov. 2018.
Nevada restored the vote to former felons upon completion of their prison sentence, parole, and probation.
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On Nov. 6, 2018, Florida voters passed Amendment 4 (64%-36%), automatically restoring the vote to people with prior felony convictions (other than murder and sex offenses) once they have served their terms of incarceration and completed all parole and probation.
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See felon voting laws for all 50 states and DC, including 10 states where a felon may lose the vote permanently; 20 states that require completion of prison, parole, and probation; 3 states that require completion of prison and probation; 15 states and DC that restore the vote after prison; and 2 states where felons may vote from prison.
See each state’s laws on felon voting: US states are placed within one of five categories ranging from harshest (may lose vote permanently) to least-restrictive (may vote while in prison).
In 2016 an estimated 6.1 million people in the United States (2.5% of the nation’s voting age population, excluding DC) could not vote due to a felony conviction. Our updated chart breaks down the numbers for each state.