|S.F. No. 763 - Requiring Notice of Restoration of Civil Rights (First Engrossment)|
|Author:||Senator Mee Moua|
|Prepared by:||Chris Turner, Senate Research (651/296-4350)|
|Date:||March 16, 2009|
Section 1 requires the secretary of state to develop an electronic publication with complete and
accurate information about the voting rights of people who have been charged with or convicted of
a crime. The publication must be made available to the state court administrator for distribution to
judges, court personnel, probation officers, and the Department of Corrections for distribution to
corrections officials and the public.
Section 2, subdivision 1, requires the chief executive officer of each state and local correctional facility to designate an official within the facility to provide the notice and application required under this section to inmates who have been restored to civil rights, and to maintain an adequate supply of voter registration applications and informational materials.
Subdivision 2 requires notice of the restoration of civil rights and a voter registration application be provided to inmates being released from a correctional facility following incarceration for a felony-level offense if the inmate's sentence is discharged and civil rights restored under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.165. Requires probation officers and supervised release agents to provide the notice and application when an individual under correctional supervision for a felony-level offense is discharged from the sentence and the individual's civil rights have been restored under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.165.
Subdivision 3 stipulates the form and content of the notice of the restoration of civil rights.
Subdivision 4 provides that failure to provide notice as required by this section does not prevent the restoration of the person's civil rights.
Section 3 requires the court, at the time of arraignment, prior to the court's acceptance of a plea from the defendant, to notify felony defendants that a guilty plea or conviction for a felony-level offense will result in a loss of the defendant's civil rights, including the right to vote.
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