“Let’s open the doors to our democracy even wider,” Governor Phil Murphy recently said in a speech backing a move towards a more liberalized system of voting rights for people who have run ins with the police. According to a great recent article by Coleen O’Dea from NJ Spotlight:
Governor Murphy “wants to increase the number of registered voters by re-enfranchising felons on probation or parole, a controversial initiative. This marked Murphy’s first public support for the concerted effort, launched last year by a number of progressive advocacy groups and legislators, to undo a 175-year-old law that strips the right to vote from those convicted of serious crimes until they have completed their entire sentence.
But the governor stopped short of fully embracing legislation — embodied in S-2100 and A-3456 — that would return the right to vote to those who are incarcerated.
Read the full article here.