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Felon Voting Bill Set for Vote in Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment making it easier for convicted felons in Delaware to vote.

The measure passed the House last month with virtually no debate and was scheduled for a Senate vote Tuesday.

The proposed amendment cleared the previous legislative session but must pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, with Senate passage Tuesday being the final legislative hurdle.

The amendment would eliminate the 5-year waiting period before eligible felons who have completed their sentences can vote again.

The bill initially failed to get the required two-thirds majority 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.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.