A bill introduced into the Mississippi State Senate could allow for the restoration of voting rights to convicted felons who served their sentences.
State Sen. Angela Turner-Ford, who represents parts of Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties, authored the bill.
Designated Senate Bill 2170, or the Restore the Right to Vote Act, Turner-Ford said the bill was an effort to codify the existing process where convicted felons can ask their local representative or senator to introduce a bill that would grant them the right to vote again.
The governor can also restore suffrage to individuals through executive action.
Turner-Ford said the principle problem with that process was that people were confused about it and did not approach elected officials to ask for their suffrage back.