Sen. Angela Turner Ford AP

Sen. Angela Turner Ford, D-West Point, listens as specific points from the final report from the Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force are presented during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary B and Corrections Committees at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

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.

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