Lawmakers OK bill to restore voting for felons - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lawmakers OK bill to restore voting for felons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Legislature has approved a measure that lets convicted felons get their voting rights back once they're no longer in state custody.

The House, on a 52-44 vote Wednesday, concurred with changes made in the Senate. The measure now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Under current law, felons can't vote until they have served their sentences and are no longer under state custody, including any parole or probation, and have paid all restitution and other court fees.

Under the bill that passed Wednesday, felons could register to vote once they're no longer under parole or probation, but those rights could be revoked if a felon fails to make regular payments on financial obligations, including court fees or restitution.

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