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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:46 pm | Updated: 4:01 pm, Thu May 30, 2013.

There's nothing that William Sawyer wanted more last year than to vote in the presidential election. But because of two felony convictions in New Jersey 25 years ago, the Petersburg resident was stripped of some of his most fundamental civil rights — including the right to vote.

"I don't understand why they are not giving me my rights back," said the 51-year-old. "I have paid my debt and I want to exercise my rights as an American."

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