NJ lawmakers consider bill that would allow jailed veterans to vote

State Sen. Ronald Rice has introduced a bill that would allow prisoners who served in the military to vote. (5/8/14)

BERGEN COUNTY - State Sen. Ronald Rice has introduced a bill that would allow prisoners who served in the military to vote.

Currently, convicts cannot vote until they serve their full sentences, including parole and probation.

Opinions on the proposed change are mixed.

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Some say prisoners are in prison because they did something bad and shouldn't have any rights.

Others like veteran Daniel Hennessy think those who served should be allowed to vote regardless of their incarceration. "They fought for this country and they deserve it," he says.

Under the bill, all convicted veterans except those guilty of sex offenses would be allowed to vote. A similar bill has been introduced in the state Assembly.

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