Starting Friday law restores voting rights for LA felons

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A new law will restore voting rights to thousands of convicted felons in the State of Louisiana.  Governor John Bel Edwards signed Act 636 last year and the law goes into effect Friday.

Voting rights will be reinstated as long as you’ve completed your prison sentence more than five years ago and have not been incarcerated on a probation violation.

The organization Voices Of The Experienced helped get this legislation passed.

Felicia Smith says, “You have so many citizens formerly incarcerated persons, that get back into society.  They pay taxes.  They’re working.  They’re doing good and if you’re doing good in the community and you’re trying to reestablish yourself, why shouldn’t you be able to vote.”

The group estimates 35,000 people in the state who are on probation will now be able to vote.  The deadline to register to vote  in the March election was February 27th, but if you register to vote now you’ll be able vote in the following election.

If you have any questions or need any help, Felicia Smith with Voices Of The Experienced can be contacted by phone or email at felicia@vote-nola.org and 318-532-8697.

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