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(a) The provisions and procedures provided for in §§ 40-29-101 -- 40-29-104 shall apply to all persons convicted of an infamous crime after July 1, 1986, but before July 1, 1996.
(b) For all persons convicted of infamous crimes after July 1, 1986, but before July 1, 1996, the following procedures shall apply:
(1) A person rendered infamous or deprived of the rights of citizenship by the judgment of any state or federal court may have full rights of citizenship restored upon:
(A) Receiving a pardon, except where the pardon contains special conditions pertaining to the right to suffrage;
(B) Service or expiration of the maximum sentence imposed for the infamous crime; or
(C) Being granted final release from incarceration or supervision by the board of parole, or county correction authority;
(2) A person rendered infamous after July 1, 1986, by virtue of being convicted of one (1) of the following crimes shall never be eligible to register and vote in this state:
(A) First degree murder;
(B) Aggravated rape;
(C) Treason; or
(D) Voter fraud.
(3) Any person eligible for restoration of citizenship pursuant to subdivision (b)(1) may request, and then shall be issued, a certificate of restoration upon a form prescribed by the coordinator of elections, by:
(A) The pardoning authority; or
(B) An agent or officer of the supervising or incarcerating authority;
(4) Any authority issuing a certificate of restoration shall forward a copy of the certificate to the coordinator of elections;
(5) Any person issued a certificate of restoration shall submit, to the administrator of elections of the county in which the person is eligible to vote, the certificate and upon verification of the certificate with the coordinator of elections be issued a voter registration card entitling the person to vote; and
(6) A certificate of restoration issued pursuant to subdivision (b)(3) shall be sufficient proof to the administrator of elections that the person fulfills the requirements provided in subdivision (b)(1); however, before allowing a person convicted of an infamous crime to become a registered voter, it is the duty of the administrator of elections in each county to verify with the coordinator of elections that the person is eligible to register under this section.
(c) The following procedure shall apply to a person rendered infamous by virtue of being convicted of a felony on or after July 1, 1996:
(1) Except as provided in subdivision (c)(2)(B), a person rendered infamous or whose rights of citizenship have been deprived by the judgment of a state or federal court may seek restoration of full rights of citizenship by petitioning the circuit court of the county where the petitioner resides or where the conviction for the infamous crime occurred;
(2)(A) A person receiving a pardon that restores full rights of citizenship may petition for restoration immediately upon receiving the pardon. However, the court shall not have the authority or jurisdiction to alter, delete or render void special conditions pertaining to the right of suffrage that may be contained in the pardon;
(B) A person convicted of an infamous crime may petition for restoration upon the expiration of the maximum sentence imposed by the court for the infamous crime; provided, that a person convicted of murder, rape, treason or voter fraud shall never be eligible to register and vote in this state;
(3) The petition shall set forth the basis for the petitioner's eligibility for restoration and shall state the reasons the petitioner believes that petitioner's full citizenship rights should be restored. The petition shall be accompanied by the certified records, statements and other documents or information necessary to demonstrate to the court that the petitioner is both eligible for and merits having full rights of citizenship restored. The court may require any additional proof as it deems necessary to reach a just decision on the petition. There is a presumption that a petition filed pursuant to this subsection (c) shall be granted and that the full citizenship rights of the petitioner shall be restored. This presumption may only be overcome upon proof by a preponderance of the evidence that either the petitioner is not eligible for restoration or there is otherwise good cause to deny the petition;
(4)(A) Prior to acting on any petition filed pursuant to this subsection (c), the court shall notify the district attorney general in whose county the petitioner resides and the district attorney general of the county in which the conviction occurred that a petition for restoration of citizenship has been filed by the petitioner. The notice shall be sent at least thirty (30) days prior to any hearing on or disposition of the petition. Each district attorney general so notified may object to the restoration of the petitioner's citizenship rights either in person or in writing;
(B) If the petitioner was rendered infamous or deprived of citizenship rights by judgment of a federal court, the circuit court shall give the notice required in subdivision (c)(2)(A) to the United States attorney and the district attorney general in whose district the petitioner is currently residing. Each such official shall have the same right to object to the petition as is provided in subdivision (c)(2)(A);
(5) If, upon the face of the petition or after conducting a hearing, the court finds that the petitioner's full citizenship rights should be restored, it shall so order and send a copy of the order to the state coordinator of elections;
(6) All costs for a proceeding under this subsection (c) to restore a person's citizenship rights shall be paid by the petitioner unless the court specifically orders otherwise; and
(7) Any person whose citizenship rights have been restored by order of the court pursuant to this subsection (c) shall submit a certified copy of the order to the administrator of elections of the county in which the person is eligible to vote. The administrator of elections shall verify with the coordinator of elections that the order was issued and, upon receiving the verification, shall issue the person a voter registration card entitling the person to vote.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Tennessee Code Title 40. Criminal Procedure § 40-29-105 - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-40-criminal-procedure/tn-code-sect-40-29-105/
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