UPDATE: On Feb. 27, House lawmakers voted to kill HB 1245, a bill that would have removed wealth-based hurdles for restoring the voting rights of South Dakotans with past convictions for felony offenses.
House Bill 1245 would revise certain provisions regarding the voting rights of felony offenders, and open the door for folks who've previously been unable to vote to do so.
The ACLU of South Dakota supports House Bill 1245. The right to vote should be restored to individuals immediately upon their release from incarceration, parole, and probation. Ability to pay restitution should not determine whether or not someone can vote. Expanding voting rights makes communities and families safer and stronger. We want our neighbors to feel welcome and involved in our communities, restoring ones ability to vote can do just that.