- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota lawmaker wants to introduce legislation that would allow felons to vote as soon as they’re released from prison.

Sen. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City says he plans to push for the bill this legislative session. He says felons should have the opportunity to be good citizens by voting as soon as they’re out of prison instead of waiting until parole is over.

Tieszen tells the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/14BEOHv ) that his proposal has received mixed reactions from other lawmakers.

According the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state but Maine and Vermont prohibits prisoners from casting ballots. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia require felons to fully complete their sentence before they can vote again.

In 2012, South Dakota revoked voting rights from felons on probation who were previously allowed to cast ballots.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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