CHAPTER 344

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 219

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NOS. 1 AND 2

AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 2, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOTING AND FORFEITURE OF RIGHT.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend § 2, Article V, of the Constitution of the State of Delaware by adding the following language to the end of said Section:

"Any person who is disqualified as a voter because of a conviction of a crime deemed by law a felony shall have such disqualification removed upon being pardoned, or five years after the expiration of the sentence, whichever may first occur. The term 'sentence' as used in this Section shall include all periods of modification of a sentence, such as, but not limited to, probation, parole and suspension. The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to (1) those persons who were convicted of any felony of murder or manslaughter, (except vehicular homicide) or (2) those persons who were convicted of any felony constituting an offense against public administration involving bribery or improper influence or abuse of office, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction, or of the United States, or of the District of Columbia; or (3) those persons who were convicted of any felony constituting a sexual offense, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction or of the United States or of the District of Columbia."

Passed June 23, 1998