Del. Lawmakers Vote on Two Voting Constitutional Amendments
DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A proposed constitutional amendment making it easier for convicted felons in Delaware to vote has cleared its final legislative hurdle.
The Senate approved bill Tuesday on a 15-to-6 vote with little debate, just as the House voted for it last month with virtually no debate.
The proposed amendment also was approved in the previous legislative session but had to pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly.
The amendment eliminates the 5-year waiting period before eligible felons who have completed their sentences can vote again.
The bill initially failed in the House last year. It was resurrected and passed with just enough votes to spare after lawmakers were assured that a lifetime voting ban for felons who commit violent crimes would remain.
Also Tuesday the House of Representatives defeated by one vote a proposed amendment to eliminate the requirement that someone wanting to vote absentee have one of eight approved reasons to do so. Constitutional amendments need a two-thirds majority, which is 28 votes. The bill got 27 along party lines - Democrats for and Republicans against.
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