Convicted felons’ right to vote would be restored after they finish their prison sentence, under a bill Governor Tim Walz plans to sign into law this week. Republicans argue, at least wait until the offender has finished probation and paid fines and restitution. Princeton Senator Andrew Mathews says those guilty of murder or manslaughter….
“They have permanently taken away their victim’s right to vote — permanently –… but the criminal that committed that crime on them… they’ll be able to continue voting.”
But Minneapolis Democrat Bobby Joe Champion says:
“The individuals living in our community, there’s already been a decision made by the courts…. They are safe. They are paying taxes. They’re raising families.”
Champion says being further involved in the community by voting will reduce chances of someone re-offending.