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26th Legislature(2009-2010)

Bill Text 26th Legislature

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 68                                                                          
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 convicted                              
05       of a crime that constitutes a felony involving moral turpitude under state or federal law                         
06       may not vote in a state, federal, or municipal election while incarcerated for that                           
07       crime [FROM THE DATE OF THE CONVICTION THROUGH THE DATE OF                                                    
08       THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE OF THE PERSON]. Upon release from                                                 
09       incarceration [THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE], the person may register                                          
10       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. The procedures                                 
14       established under this subsection must provide that at the time of the person's                               
15       release from incarceration,                                                                                   
01                 (1)  the department shall give the person a written notification of                                 
02       the person's restored right to vote; and                                                                      
03                 (2)  the commissioner of corrections shall notify the director that                                 
04       the person is entitled to be reregistered as a voter.                                                         
05    * Sec. 2. AS 15.07.135 is amended to read:                                                                         
06            Sec. 15.07.135. Cancellation of registration of incarcerated                                             
07       [CONVICTED] persons. (a) The director shall make reasonable efforts to obtain the                               
08       names of persons convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated                             
09       for that crime. Promptly after receipt of evidence satisfactory to the director that a                        
10       person has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated for                          
11       that crime, the director shall cancel the registration of the person.                                         
12            (b)  Upon presenting proof that a person whose registration was canceled under                               
13       (a) of this section has been released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONALLY                                     
14       DISCHARGED FROM CUSTODY], the person may register. The director shall make                                        
15       reasonable efforts to verify the released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONAL                                   
16       DISCHARGE] of persons applying for registration under this subsection.                                            
17    * Sec. 3. AS 33.30.241(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
18            (a)  A person who is convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined                              
19       in AS 15.60.010 is disqualified from voting in a state or municipal election while the                        
20       person is incarcerated for that crime [UNTIL THE PERSON'S                                                     
21       UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE].                                                                                         
22    * Sec. 4. AS 15.60.010(39) is repealed.                                                                            
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