Monday, November 3, 2008

Idaho felons get civil rights back

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Idaho is one of 18 states that allow felons to vote after they have completed their sentence, including probation and parole. That includes felons from other states who have completed their sentences and relocated to Idaho.


According to this recently updated chart at procon.org there are a dozen states that deny convicted criminals their right to vote for life, even after completing their sentence. Arizona, and Nevada are on this list, as is Florida.

There are some 20 states (and the District of Columbia) that are less restrictive than Idaho, letting probationers vote, or as in Maine and Vermont, allowing prisoners to vote from prison.

Idaho Code Title 18, Chapter 3 governs the civil rights of felons. The Sentencing Project follows felon disenfranchisement news across the nation and estimates the 5.3 million American cannot vote because of felony convictions.

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