Wait'll next year for Nevada law on felons voting

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Updated: 2/11/2014 3:18 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elected officials in Nevada said Tuesday that it'll probably be next year before state lawmakers try again to enact a measure to automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons.

Republican State Sen. Joe Hardy of Boulder City backed such a measure that passed the Legislature in 2011.

It was vetoed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Hardy noted Tuesday that the Assembly and Senate don't convene again until next February.

That'll be after this year's elections.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday in Washington that 11 states don't automatically restore voting rights to convicts who've served their time.

Holder says the policy affects racial minorities the most.

In Las Vegas, Valencia Burch floated an online petition about the issue in 2010.

She calls keeping felons from voting "a dirty political game."

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Nevadadad - 2/11/2014 9:40 PM
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"Holder says the policy affects racial minorities the most." Oh, that's right... it's the non-minority's fault that more minorities commit the crimes that result in their felony convictions. I forgot that minorities can't be held accountable for their crimes the way others are. Foolish me.

Zerts - 2/11/2014 5:23 PM
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Ms. Burch - Preventing convicted felons from voting is not a "dirty political game". It is a consequence for their actions and poor choices in life.

Paladin - 2/11/2014 4:28 PM
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So is the claim that most felons are democrats and by denying them the vote it is adversely affecting the demos numbers?

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