Voting Rights Legislation Nears Final Approval

The bipartisan “Restore the Vote” felony voting legislation was recommended to pass by the Rules Committee to the Floor this week. This legislation would allow citizens convicted of a felony to vote after they are released from jail, rather than the date they complete parole or supervised release, which can be many years. Studies show that allowing people to vote while on community supervision may help to reduce recidivism. In addition, research links pro-social activities like voting to desistance in crime. Our history is marked by successful struggles to expand the vote. This legislation to restore voting rights builds a stronger democracy, advances civil rights, ends second-class citizenship, aids law enforcement, empowers family and communities, and assures fair and accurate voter rolls. (S.F. 355)

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