SAINT PAUL, Minn. – This evening, the Minnesota Senate passed Restore the Vote with bipartisan support. The legislation, chief authored by Senate President Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis), restores voting rights for individuals with felony records who are not incarcerated. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that the Legislature needed to act in order to restore this right.
“Today is a very exciting day, a day when over 55,000 Minnesotans are on the precipice of having their voting rights restored,” said Senator Champion. “For more than a decade, I have had the honor to work with Minnesotans of all walks of life from across our state to restore this right, and now together our hard work has gotten us over the finish line. We, as a great state, should celebrate this moment because those 55,000 people who will have their rights restored are our friends, neighbors, and family members. There is no better way for us to celebrate this together than to all participate in our democracy by voting.”