The Maryland legislature passed a bill that would give voting rights back to ex-cons.
The measure, authored by Baltimore City Democrat Cory McCray, would reverse a law that prevents convicted felons from voting. Convicted felons would get their voting rights back as soon as they are released from prison, Mother Jones reported.
According to the Brennan Center, the bill would return voting rights to 40,000 people in Maryland. McCray’s bill is part of a national effort to get voting rights back for ex-cons, as Maryland is one of 20 states that prevents convicted felons from voting.
With the conclusion of the legislative session earlier this week, the bill was sent to Gov. Larry Hogan to sign into law.
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