SSHB 139: "An Act relating to the voting rights of felons."

00 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 139 01 "An Act relating to the voting rights of felons." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 15.05.030 is amended to read: 04 Sec. 15.05.030. Loss and restoration of voting rights. (a) A person 05 convicted of a crime that constitutes a felony involving moral turpitude under state or 06 federal law may not vote in a state, federal, or municipal election while incarcerated 07 for that crime [FROM THE DATE OF THE CONVICTION THROUGH THE 08 DATE OF THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE OF THE PERSON]. Upon 09 release from incarceration [THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE], the person 10 may register under AS 15.07. 11 (b) The commissioner of corrections shall establish procedures by which a 12 person released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONALLY DISCHARGED] is 13 advised of the voter registration requirements and procedures. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 15.07.135 is amended to read: 15 Sec. 15.07.135. Cancellation of registration of convicted persons. (a) The

01 director shall make reasonable efforts to obtain the names of persons convicted of a 02 felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated for that crime. Promptly after 03 receipt of evidence satisfactory to the director that a person has been convicted of a 04 felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated for that crime, the director shall 05 cancel the registration of the person. 06 (b) Upon presenting proof that a person whose registration was canceled under 07 (a) of this section has been released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONALLY 08 DISCHARGED FROM CUSTODY], the person may register. The director shall 09 make reasonable efforts to verify the release from incarceration 10 [UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE] of persons applying for registration under this 11 subsection. 12 * Sec. 3. AS 33.30.241(a) is amended to read: 13 (a) A person who is convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined 14 in AS 15.60.010 is disqualified from voting in a state or municipal election while the 15 person is incarcerated for that crime [UNTIL THE PERSON'S 16 UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE]. 17 * Sec. 4. AS 15.60.010(36) is repealed.