The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee held hearings on Assembly Bill No. 5823 on Thursday. The bill will allow New Jerseyans on probation or parole to vote giving 71,500 convicted of crimes who are not currently permitted to vote the ability to do so. The law currently allows those convicted to have their voting rights restored once they complete their sentence. Apparently New Jersey Democrats do not feel people should pay their debt to society before having voting rights restored. The current bill does not allow for those incarcerated to vote but one of the bill’s sponsors Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D, Union) hopes to change that.