2023, A Year of Progress: Expanding Voting Rights Across the Country
In a groundbreaking year for progress on expanding the right to vote to justice-impacted people, states like Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia have set an example of the transformative change that can happen through the will of the people. Learn how The Sentencing Project partnered and amplified the efforts of grassroots initiatives to support the passage of multiple voting rights initiatives in 2023.
State-Specific Voting Rights Reports
In 2022, 4.6 million Americans were banned from voting due to a felony conviction. The Sentencing Project is committed to expanding voting rights in every state and works with state partners to provide specific data on state felony disenfranchisement.
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 in Support of Restoring Voting Rights to People in Connecticut Prisons
Nicole D. Porter testifies in support of Connecticut House Bill 5702, which would guarantee voting rights to people completing their sentences regardless of their incarceration status.
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.