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Texas Law Says Convicted Felons Can Vote

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Floyd Anthony, President of the Amarillo NAACP Chapter Floyd Anthony, President of the Amarillo NAACP Chapter

The latest polls have Barack Obama leading by three points, a switch from the McCain lead a few weeks ago... Proving it's an extremely close race and every vote counts.

There's one group of people heading to the polls that you might find surprising. Those people are convicted felons... Sounds shocking, but it's 100% legal. You can be a convicted of any crime, ranging from petty theft to murder and still cast your vote this November. Floyd Anthony is President of the Amarillo NAACP Chapter. He says "Some have served time in the state system, they are not aware they can vote. If they're not on paper, if they're not on probation, they can register and vote."

Here's an official break down of the Texas law. The state does not take away your right to vote until you have been finally convicted, meaning you do not have any appeals left. What that means is, if a convicted murderer waiting on an appeal expresses a desire to vote, it's the responsibility of jail employees to arrange for a mail in ballot for that inmate. After being finally convicted, you lose your right to vote while incarcerated, but then you regain it after completing your parol or probation.

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