JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Senate committee has held a meeting to hear concerns about the state's lifetime voting ban for felons convicted of certain crimes.
WLBT-TV reported Friday that Senate Judiciary B committee heard from several people living with the ban. Mississippi is one of several states that impose a lifetime voting ban on people convicted of some or all felonies. Mississippi imposes the lifetime voting ban for those convicted of "disenfranchising crimes," which range from larceny to murder.
The Clarion Ledger reports Mississippians can have their voting rights restored through a gubernatorial pardon or by being successfully sponsored by their legislators through a "suffrage bill." Committee Chairman Hob Bryan says he'd like the ban to be further studied, but Gov. Phil Bryant has said he opposes any change to it.