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Delaware Looks to Restore Felons' Voting Rights

Updated: Jan 20, 2011 07:22 AM EST

DOVER, Del.- There is a new push in Delaware to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have finished serving their time behind bars.

In Delaware felons must wait five years after being released from prison to vote again, but some lawmakers said that's simply not fair.

Legislation has been filed in the General Assembly to allow felons to vote without having to wait five years.

Some Delawareans agree with the bill.

"They've paid their dues. They've paid their debt back to society. That's the purpose of a prison sentence," said Robert Sadusky.

Still others said voting is a privilege that is earned. Frank Palicka said, "If it's a bad enough crime that they lose a right, that's the way the law is. And that's the way it should be."

Delaware's rules for felons are not unique to the state. A majority of states place voting restrictions on felons. In Maryland, felons got their voting rights restored back in 2007. 

The legislation is the first step for the General Assembly to pass a constitutional amendment allowing felons to vote.

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