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New Jersey Governor Signs Bills Restoring Voting Rights To More Than 80,000 People

"These are residents ... have been needlessly prevented from having a voice in the future direction of their communities,"
Gov. Phil Murphy, pictured in March, signed two bills on Wednesday ensuring that former felons can "once again walk into a voting booth and have a say in our democracy." Source: Bloomberg

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed a bill restoring voting rights to more than 80,000 people who are on probation or parole, making New Jersey one of several states to enact legislation granting former felons access to the ballot box.

Amid cheers at a , Murphy said the , which goes into effect in March 2020,

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