In addition to citizens on probation, advocates now want Connecticut legislators to extend voting rights to people on parole as well.
Felon Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
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.
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.
Several formerly incarcerated Washington state residents last voiced support for voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
If some lawmakers get their way, Virginia felons rejoining society will no longer have to rely on the benevolence of future governors to be able to vote.
Felons have continued to face hurdles in voting. Now formerly incarcerated face financial obstacles to voting in some states.
Blocks for felons to vote have been a major concern in US elections. While more and more felons can vote these roadblocks remain.