Washington state ‘automatically’ restores voting rights to felons when they leave prison

Washington on Wednesday restored the voting rights of felons “automatically” when they depart prison, even if they are under probation or state supervision.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1078, allowing those with felony criminal convictions to head to the ballot box when they are “no longer incarcerated” in penitentiaries. The move could grant more than 20,000 felons the right to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a liberal reform group.

“This is a good day for democracy in Washington state,” Inslee wrote in a tweet.

The bill cleared the House
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