H. B. 2089
(By Delegates Fragale and Iaquinta)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-1-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to prohibiting any person convicted of any felony from voting in an election of state and local officials.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §3-1-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS.
§3-1-3. Persons entitled to vote.
Citizens of the state shall be entitled to vote at all elections held within the precincts of the counties and municipalities in which they respectively reside. But no any person who has not been registered as a voter as required by law, or who is a minor, or of unsound mind, or who is under conviction of treason, any felony or bribery, in an election, or who is not a bona fide resident of the state, county or municipality in which he or she offers to vote, shall may not be permitted to vote at such an election while such the disability continues. Subject to the qualifications otherwise prescribed in this section, however, a minor shall be permitted to vote only in a primary election if he or she will have reached the age of 18 years on the date of the general election next to be held after such the primary election.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit any person convicted of any felony from voting in a state election.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.