Tarra Simmons lays out why she championed a new law that restores voting rights to people on probation and parole once she joined Washington’s state legislature.
Daniel Nichanian Apr 08, 2021
People with felony convictions who aren’t in prison can now vote. State elections could bring further progress or a sharp retreat.
Daniel Nichanian Mar 26, 2021
An amendment to end felony disenfranchisement failed in the House of Representatives. But the measure shows how far the fight has come in a short number of years.
Jerry Iannelli Mar 02, 2021
The reform would be a historic step for national efforts to end felony disenfranchisement. Prison is not about "the loss of citizenship," said one incarcerated advocate.
Kira Lerner Jan 25, 2021
This year of crises, revisited: Nearly 90 state-level bills and initiatives. 16 themes. 7 maps.
Daniel Nichanian Dec 18, 2020
Most members of the state’s congressional delegation now say they support restoring voting rights to incarcerated people. Will Tuesday’s primaries elect more proponents?
Daniel Nichanian Aug 28, 2020
Washington, D.C., is joining Maine and Vermont in allowing incarcerated people to vote.
In states that restored people’s voting rights, many public agencies aren’t doing enough to assist, and the pandemic slowed grassroots plans to pick up the slack.
Stephanie Wykstra May 28, 2020
New law changes where incarcerated people are counted for redistricting. Advocates vow to push against felony disenfranchisement next year.
Daniel Nichanian Apr 23, 2020
A New York bill would abolish felony disenfranchisement. That would mean law enforcement is no longer the arbiter of who gets to vote.
Daniel Nichanian Nov 22, 2019
The Appeal: Political Report talks to Matthew Dunlap, the secretary of state of Maine, about how prison voting works there.
Daniel Nichanian May 02, 2019
In a Q&A, Bernie Sanders explains why he wants to abolish felony disenfranchisement. "The right to vote is inalienable to my mind whether you're in jail or any place else," he said.
Daniel Nichanian Apr 30, 2019
With the legislative path sidelined once more, could the state emulate Florida in narrowing felony disenfranchisement?
Daniel Nichanian Mar 28, 2019
“People don’t lose their citizenship just because they’re sentenced to prison,” said one advocate.
Daniel Nichanian Mar 07, 2019
Advocates pursue many fronts to push for incarcerated individuals to have electoral voice, two decades Massachusetts restricted the franchise.
Daniel Nichanian Feb 07, 2019
Can New Mexico provide a new model for ambitious voting-rights reform?
Daniel Nichanian Jan 10, 2019
"What kind of state is Kentucky, truly?" asked an organizer. "What kind of democracy, if you take away folks, Black and brown folks?"
Daniel Nichanian Dec 06, 2018
Mississippi has inherited the dubious distinction of being the state that disenfranchises the highest share of its residents.
Daniel Nichanian Nov 29, 2018