CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN)- As of this month former Wyoming felons will have the right to vote upon completing their sentence.
Bill HB-75, which is now law, applies to a person convicted of a non-violent felony. The law states that once they complete their sentence including probation and all other necessary requirements, they are once again able to vote. With this new law that came into effect July 1st, former felons will no longer have to complete an application to regain the right to vote-instead they will be given a certificate of restoration.
Former felons said, "This new law goes a long way towards helping them feel like citizens again."
Wyoming representative James Byrd sponsored the bill and said, "Voting is a basic tenant of our society and country..we want to try and do everything we can to try and bring that person (a former felon) back into society."