Tuesday, January 5, 2010


A bill approved Monday (1/04/09) by the New Jersey General Assembly State Government Committee would change the law regarding the voting rights of people convicted of 4th degree crimes or higher. Currently those convicted of such crimes must fully complete their sentences (including probation) before regaining the right to vote. The new legislation would allow them to vote while on parole or probation.

Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber who is also the GOP State Committee chairman says, "The sponsors and supporters of the bill believe that it is appropriate to return this civic right to those who have been convicted of murder, kidnapping, child abuse, rape or assault while still on parole or probation. That sends a terrible message to law-abiding citizens."

The bill's sponsors did not issue a press release after the committee cleared the legislation.

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