Like many other formerly incarcerated people, Jovan Jackson could only sit and watch as politicians campaigned on hazardous policies that affected him. It wasn’t by choice. It was by design.
The process in Nevada for people to restore their rights after leaving prison was overly complicated, left many confused and varied depending on the crime. That changed Monday when Assembly Bill 431, which automatically restores the right to vote once a person leaves prison, went into effect. Jackson is one of an estimated 77,000 people in the state with the option to register to vote.
Wearing red, white and blue, Jackson wasted no time filling out the one-page voter registration form and becoming the first individual to make use of his newly imbued right.
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