In Nebraska, R.R.S. 29-113  is the epicenter at which returning citizens lose their right to vote for two years after discharging their sentence , “Any person who has been convicted of a felony under the laws of any other state is not qualified to vote until two years after such person has completed his or her sentence, including any parole term.”

     After completion of his or her sentence is the most crucial part of the statute because it allows the completed sentence to effectively remain active.  Active in a way that reeks of double jeopardy.  The two-year disenfranchisement period makes no sense and was merely a compromise to what was a lifetime ban on voting in Nebraska.  Read the floor debate on legislative bill (LB) 53 and decide for yourself.  See pp. 21-49.

Restoration of the right  to vote after discharging (completing) a sentence should be as immediate as breathing.  Voting like breathing should be viewed as a civic exercise of inclusion.  It removes a barrier that does nothing but attempt to stigmatize a person’s now based on past or prior conduct that they’ve served their time for.  The current law must be abolished.l