Nebraska Law That Denies Ex-Felons Right to Vote Questioned

A law forcing ex-felons to wait two years before they can have voting rights is under fire by the United States Attorney General.

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Lincoln resident Sean Miller had moved on with his life following a felony charge but the offense kept him from being able to vote in Nebraska, even years after his release.

"I don't owe parole, probation or anything so I personally feel that even two years is excessive," said Former Convicted Felon Sean Miller.

In 2005 Nebraska Lawmaker passed a measure that prohibits former felons from having the right to vote until two years after they've served their sentence, a law that Miller says violates the rights of he and others who have already served their time.

"No state shall deny anyone the right to vote regardless of race, religion or previous condition of servitude, which falls in the convicted felon category," said Miller.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder estimates that nearly 5.8 Million people are left without voting rights due to these laws, denying them a voice in the election process. Holder wants to see Nebraska help former felons get their vote back easier.

"Should be able to have a right for my voice to be heard and pick and choose who I want to represent me as far as Presidents or Senators," said Miller.

A right that Miller hopes is restored for many more.


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