Bill that would allow felons to vote to be heard in committee

Politics - Government
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A New Mexico lawmaker is scheduled to go before a House committee making her case for a bill that would give felons the right to vote.

House Bill 57 is sponsored by State Rep. Gail Chasey.

She is scheduled to present the bill before the House State Government Elections and Indian Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Chasey says years ago, New Mexico legislators decided to give convicted felons the right to vote after they completed their time and other requirements for the crime.

Now, Chasey is sponsoring a bill that would allow felony inmates who are currently serving their time to register to vote.

Republican lawmakers say the measure is radical and does not clarify the district where an inmate would be considered a resident.

The bill being presented in committee clears an early hurdle for the legislation.

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