Bills expanding voting rights have been introduced in many states to tackle felon disenfranchisement which mostly affects blacks.
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Felony disenfranchisement, determined separately by each state, is the practice of prohibiting people from voting based on the fact that they have been convicted of a criminal offence. Felon voting rights remain a controversial reform among many. Also see our section on American democracy and our Voter Access articles.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed bill Wednesday restoring voting rights for Washington state parolees as soon as they are come out of jail.
If a March 11 bill becomes law, people with felony convictions in Iowa with commuted terms will be able to vote again automatically.
New report shows Mississippians who complete their jail terms should have a straightforward path to regaining their voting rights.
In addition to citizens on probation, advocates now want Connecticut legislators to extend voting rights to people on parole as well.
Washington State House voted to restore voting rights to thousands with past criminal convictions who are on probation and parole.
Florida voted to restore the right to vote of convicts but in 2019 Gov. DeSantis signed a bill into law disenfranchising thousands of felons.
Democrats are once again trying to remove barriers that prevent formerly incarcerated felons from regaining their right to vote.
Lawmakers and activists are working to make sure that Maryland’s formerly and currently incarcerated individuals can vote.
Campaign Legal Center wants to know how many people in Arizona jails are being denied their constitutional right to vote across the state.