Washington State Passes Law That Automatically Restores Convicted Felons Voting Right

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill restoring voting rights to people who have served their prison sentence for felony convictions but may still be on parole and owe legal fees. When the law takes effect in 2022, it will, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, restore voting rights to more than 20,000 people in the state. Currently, people with felonies in the Evergreen state can only regain their right to vote after finishing the full conditions of their sentence. “Today I signed HB 1078, which will restore voting rights for people who have completed their prison sentence. This is a good day for democracy in Washington state,” wrote Inslee on Facebook. Rep. Tarra Simmons, who introduced the legislation, said at a press conference that this was a personal issue for her. Simmons, a Democrat, had been convicted of a felony. After her release, she took the bar …

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