Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) introduced HB 508 which restores voting rights to individuals on probation for a felony by removing that voting prohibition in statute.
The bill as introduced:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 508 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE FRANKS JR. 0276H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 115.133, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to voter qualification.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 115.133, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu 2 thereof, to be known as section 115.133, to read as follows: 115.133.
1. Except as provided in subsection 2 of this section, any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the state of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday.
2. No person who is adjudged incapacitated shall be entitled to register or vote. No person shall be entitled to vote:
(1) While confined under a sentence of imprisonment; or
(2) After conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage.
3. Except as provided in federal law or federal elections and in section 115.277, no person shall be entitled to vote if the person has not registered to vote in the jurisdiction of his or her residence prior to the deadline to register to vote.
The text of the removed provision [in bold]:
“…No person who is adjudged incapacitated shall be entitled to register or vote. No person shall be entitled to vote: While on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged from such probation or parole…”