Restoring Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions
The Civil Rights movement prompted lawmakers and prisoners’ rights advocates to question prevention of a person or group of people from having the right to vote laws. According to these activists, Permanently taking away the right to vote is too harsh for a single offense, especially when applied in different ways from state to state.
The fact that convicted felons are disproportionately non-white also calls us to examine the fairness of laws that keep historically disenfranchised groups from voting. Over time, support has grown for allowing reinstatement of voting rights to citizens with felony convictions.