Akbari Eyes Voting Rights Restoration for Low Level Felons - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 11, 2018
New Tennessee Senate Minority Chairman Raumesh Akbari said she is planning to sponsor legislation this session that would automatically restore voting rights for people with low-level felony convictions, The Daily Memphian reports. Akbari said the proposed legislation, the wording of which is still being finalized, would ideally set up a referendum similar to the one in Florida, where voters passed a measure that would enable 1.2 million individuals to vote again. The bill could be a part of Gov.-elect Bill Lee’s promise to make criminal justice reform one of his priorities next year.