CHAPTER 356

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 126

AN ACT CONCURRING IN A PROPOSED 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):

WHEREAS, an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Delaware was proposed in the 139th General Assembly, being Chapter 344 of Volume 71, Laws of Delaware, as follows:

“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.

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 provision 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.’”; and

WHEREAS, the proposed amendment was adopted by two-thirds of all members elected to each House of the 139th General Assembly

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED by the 140th General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. The proposed amendment is hereby concurred in and adopted, and shall forthwith become a part of the Constitution of the State of Delaware.

Approved June 28,2000