Felony Disenfranchisement News
August 5, 2015 (The Los Angeles Times)
California will restore voting rights to 45,000 people on community supervision
California election officials are reversing a policy that prevents 45,000 felons from casting ballots, placing the state in the forefront of a movement to boost voting rights for ex-criminals.
California has until now maintained that state law prohibits felons from voting not only when they are in prison or on parole but also when they are under community supervision.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that the state would now back voting rights for felons on community supervision, which is generally overseen by county probation departments.
July 31, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Growing momentum for restoring the right to vote
Florida: Presidential candidates' felony disenfranchisement records
National: Growing momentum for restoring the right to vote
The "war on drugs" and black disenfranchisement
Racial attitudes and ideology affect support for restoration of voting rights
June 30, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Virginia governor removes financial barrier for voting rights restoration
Virginia: Governor removes modern day "poll tax"
National: Hillary Clinton calls for sweeping voting rights reforms
Voter turnout among people with felony convictions
June 1, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Grassroots Strategy to Address Mass Incarceration
Reinforcing broad support to address mass incarceration has been a priority for several state advocacy organizations. This year, grassroots organizations in California, Maryland, and North Carolina organized lobby days in support of policy goals to scale back harsh criminal justice practices.
May 26, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD Governor vetoes bill to restore voting rights to 40,000 people
Alabama: House approves bill that defines which offenses result in forfeiture of voting rights
Maryland: Governor vetoes bill to restore voting rights to 40,000 people
Minnesota: Voting rights provision stripped from public safety bill
National: Presidential candidates call for felony disenfranchisement reform