US Election: Mike Tyson Will Vote For The First Time In 2020
NEWSMAN – Former professional boxer Mike Tyson has revealed that he will exercise his voting rights for the first time in the upcoming 2020 US presidential election, after spending years thinking he was unable to participate.
The 54 year old has never voted before due to his conviction in 1992, where he was charged with one count of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct. He was sentenced to six years in prison along with four years of probation, but was however released after three years.
According to a CNN report, many state laws throughout the US rule felons ineligible to vote, and this is why Tyson was unable to vote in previous elections. But a new law took effect in his home state of Nevada in 2019, and now allows him to cast his ballot, Guardian reported.
Under the law (Assembly Bill 431), any Nevada resident who is convicted of a felony is immediately restored their right to vote upon the individual’s release from prison, according to information on the state’s website.
Tyson competed from 1985 to 2005, and he reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion, holding the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, at 20. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
He is set to make a sensational return to the ring in California against fellow boxing legend, Roy Jones Jr, on Nov. 28 after it was rescheduled from its initial date in September. The eight-round exhibition fight will be his first in 15 years after his last fight.