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Criminal Justice And Voting Rights

If you or anyone you care about has been convicted of a felony, you probably know that voting rights are one of the many freedoms that can be lost. But state laws about this are changing fast. That’s why it’s so important that elected officials hear from all of us.

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LET’S BREAK IT DOWN

More than five million Americans have lost their voting rights because of felony convictions — that’s more than the population of Los Angeles. If you are among those who’ve been disenfranchised, you are not alone. And if you want to stand up for those who can’t vote, you are in the majority. In fact, in 2018, nearly two-thirds of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to the previously convicted. Since 2017, 15 states have expanded voting rights along these lines. But we still have a long way to go. The process for getting voting rights back is often confusing and complicated.  Also, being in jail (even if you haven’t been convicted of a felony) means it’s much harder or impossible to access the polls. That’s over 700,000 of us who should be able to vote but can’t make it to the polls.

If you’ve been impacted by the criminal justice system and need support in voting, or just want to learn more, check out these organizations:

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