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Restoring Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions

The Civil Rights movement prompted lawmakers and prisoners’ rights advocates to question disenfranchisement 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.

“Without a vote, a voice, I am a ghost inhabiting a citizen’s space ... I want to walk calmly into a polling place with other citizens, to carry my placid ballot into the booth, check off my choices, then drop my conscience in the common box.”
-Joe Loya, disenfranchised ex-offender

A Man Protesting Disenfranchisement. Source: Dead Politics Society