Maryland Senate Overrides Hogan’s Veto of Felony Voting Rights

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Convicted felon and Communities United member Marcus Toles, left, clutches a voter registration form after the Maryland Senate passed an override of a veto that would provide voting rights to felons on probation or parole, on February 9, 2016. Capital New - See more at: http://baltimore.citybizlist.com/article/333374/maryland-senate-overrides-hogans-veto-of-felon-voting-rights#sthash.TCvzJXc8.dpuf
Convicted felon and Communities United member Marcus Toles, left, clutches a voter registration form after the Maryland Senate passed an override of a veto that would provide voting rights to felons on probation or parole, on February 9, 2016. Photo via citybizlist.com

Moments after the Maryland Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a felon voting rights bill, which enables those on probation and parole to vote, Marcus Toles was holding his future: A voter registration form.

“It feels fantastic to have our rights restored after we’ve done our time and have a voice,” said Marcus Toles, an ex-felon and member of Communities United, an advocacy group for low-income individuals. “I’m gonna fill this out right now.”

After a 29-18 vote in the Senate, the bill passed and expanded the voting rights of nearly 40,000 ex-felons in the state, according to supporters of the bill.

But there was a little drama before it passed, as one Democrat — Sen. J.J. Peters, D-Prince George’s — missed the first vote on the House’s version of the bill, leaving the final tally 28-18, one vote short of the number necessary to override.

Once all 47 Senators were present, the Senate voted 29-18 to approve a revote on the House bill, which was ultimately passed by the same margin.

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