Voting Rights Information For People with Criminal Convictions in other States

The ACLU’s Voting Rights project just released two new reports about how felony and misdemeanor disfranchisement laws lead to the disfranchisement of untold numbers of eligible voters. De Facto Disfranchisement, co-authored with the Brennan Center for Justice, demonstrates the chronic lack of knowledge among elections officials across the country of state disfranchisement laws. Voting with a Criminal Record: How Registration Forms Frustrate Democracy, concludes that 33 states and DC currently use voter registration forms that inadequately communicate the eligibility of people with criminal records.

De Facto Disenfranchisement is available at http://www.aclu.org/votingrights/exoffenders/36992pub20081001.html

Voting with a Criminal Record: How Registration Forms Frustrate Democracy is available at http://www.aclu.org/votingrights/exoffenders/36998pub20081001.html

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has compiled information about voting rights in every state and has developed a number of policy recommendations to address the problem of felon disfranchisement. You can find out more about the work of the Brennan Center by visiting the Center on the web at
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/section/category/voting_after_criminal_conviction

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