Anytime a member of a society is not afforded the right to express his or her opinions by way of the democratic process, we cannot achieve the ideals of democracy.
Testimony to Oregon’s House Rules Committee in Support of Universal Suffrage Act
The Sentencing Project’s Director of Advocacy, Nicole D. Porter, offered expert testimony before Oregon’s House Rules Committee in support of House Bill 2366, a Universal Suffrage Act. HB 2366 repeals the prohibition on voting by individuals convicted of a felony and serving a court–ordered sentence of imprisonment for their conviction.
Voting in Jails
Former and current corrections officials from Illinois and Texas, and the first incarcerated person to win election in Washington, DC, will discuss best practices to support voting while incarcerated.
Americans are banned from voting due to felony convictions.
bar people from voting in prison. Only Maine, Vermont, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico allow voting in prison.
1 in 19
voting-age Black Americans have lost their voting rights due to a felony conviction—3.5 times the rate among non-Black Americans.
Join the movement to expand voting rights for all
Help us apply political and legal pressure to ensure that a person’s criminal legal system involvement does not influence their voting eligibility or lead to other permanent exclusions and limitations from civic life.