Convicted felon found on voter rolls
The Alaska Division of Elections is investigating how a convicted felon landed on the state’s voter rolls, according to a letter sent to House Rep. George Rauscher (R-Sutton).
Rauscher on Tuesday called for a statewide review of all precincts. He also seeks an investigation of how felons who have not had their voting privileges restored find their way on the voter rolls.
In a two-page letter addressing the individual felon, Elections Director Josie Bahnke told Rausher the agency will “continue to investigate this matter.” Bahnke also assured Rauscher the person's voting rights have since been revoked.
She said it was too late to do a broad sweep before certifying the primary results, but added, “If the resources were available, it’s possible that this could be done in the future.”
Rauscher said he learned of the felon’s name from a constituent.
“If they can find one, there could be hundreds or thousands of them,” Rauscher said. “I’m troubled that one convicted felon was considered eligible.”
According to the Alaska Constitution, "No person my vote who has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude unless his civil rights have been restored." Moral turpitude includes dozens of crimes ranging from murder to criminal mischief to child pornography.
The Constitution also says felons can register if they can verify "unconditional discharge" from their sentence, meaning they have completed their entire sentence including probation and parole.
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