More than 40,000 recently released Maryland felons will regain the right to vote in time for this year's election.
The legislature on Tuesday narrowly overturned Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to extend voting rights to felons before they complete probation and parole.
The reversal both dealt a political blow to the Republican governor, who lobbied to prevent the bill from becoming law, and set the stage for an estimated 20,000 former inmates to cast ballots in Baltimore's primary election for mayor and City Council this spring.
The issue drew passionate debate from both sides on the proper message to send former inmates rejoining society.