Bentley OK with Voting Rights for Ex-Felons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's governor says he's always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.

Gov. Robert Bentley reacted to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on Alabama and 10 other states to do a better job of restoring voting rights to ex-felons.

Bentley says he's willing to look at a reasonable request for restoration of voting rights for people who are trying to become productive citizens again.

In Alabama, people convicted of felonies, except driving under the influence and drug possession, lose voting rights.

Most can apply to the state parole board to get their voting rights restored after finishing their prison sentences and probation, and paying fines and restitution. Some violent crimes are excluded from restoration.

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