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.┬áLB1027,Continue reading “Bill would eliminate voting restrictions for ex-felons”

Op-ed: America steals votes from felons

Writing for the Guardian former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says that millions of American citizens are prevented from voting by discriminatory state laws that disenfranchise people with a felony conviction. The right to vote is the most fundamental right of any democracy, granting it legitimacy as a means of government by instilling power in theContinue reading “Op-ed: America steals votes from felons”

Governor vetoes bill to restore ex-felon voting rights

As expected, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill that would allow ex-felons to vote immediately after completing their prison sentence, parole, or probation. The legislature approved the bill (LB 75) with a 27-13 vote. More than 7,000 Nebraskans with felony convictions who have completed their sentences do not have the right to vote, accordingContinue reading “Governor vetoes bill to restore ex-felon voting rights”