The issue of when and whether felons should be allowed to vote after serving prison terms has emerged this week as an issue in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
If you're like me, you haven't thought about this issue much recently. So, I called around and looked up Arizona's law on when and how felons can get their voting rights restored.
The ACLU has a pretty clear explanation of the law here. In sum, the law is simple for those people who have been convicted of just one felony. Once those people have served all their prison time, completed their parole or probation, and paid all their fees and fines, their voting rights are automatically restored.
For those convicted of more than one felony, the law is much more complex. They must wait two years after they've paid all their debts to society, then they must apply to the sentencing court for the restoration of their rights.
Here's a web page with links to the laws on felons' voting rights from every state. From the same site, here's a page with different perspectives on the issue of whether and how felons should be allowed to vote.