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For Now, Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens is Still Eligible to Vote

Posted Oct 30, 2008 10:49 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will be able to vote next week because he hasn’t been sentenced yet for his conviction on seven counts in a federal corruption case.

Alaska’s Department of Law decided yesterday that Stevens may vote because his conviction isn’t final, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

A legal opinion by senior assistant attorney general Michael Barnhill said the weight of authority supports the view that a person convicted by a jury can still vote until a judge enters formal judgment and issues a sentence.

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