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Law aims to inform people out of prison of right to vote

July 15, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill that aims to better inform people with criminal records of their voting rights has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports sponsors say the bill clarifies an existing law detailing voting rights for convicted felons who are no longer incarcerated.

New Hampshire law already says people convicted of felonies can vote after their “final discharge.”

Reps. Nicole Klein-Knight and Donald Bouchard’s bill clarifies “final discharges” means release from incarceration and includes people on parole or probation.

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The law also requires training for probation officers on voting rights and mandates prisons provide written notice to offenders about voting eligibility during periods of suspension or parole.

Republican Gov. Sununu signed the law this month. It’s slated to take effect in September.