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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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 25, 2021
This year of crises, revisited: Nearly 90 state-level bills and initiatives. 16 themes. 7 maps.
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?
Aug 28, 2020
Governor Kim Reynolds’ executive order restores the voting rights of tens of thousands of people. But it will also leave many Iowans disenfranchised, and little time remains before the November election.
Aug 05, 2020
Washington, D.C., is joining Maine and Vermont in allowing incarcerated people to vote.
Kira Lerner, Daniel Nichanian
Jul 08, 2020
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.
May 28, 2020
New law changes where incarcerated people are counted for redistricting. Advocates vow to push against felony disenfranchisement next year.
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.
Nov 22, 2019
Colorado and Nevada will now restore voting rights upon release from incarceration, amid nationwide efforts against disenfranchisement.
May 31, 2019
The Appeal: Political Report talks to Matthew Dunlap, the secretary of state of Maine, about how prison voting works there.
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.
Apr 30, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
With the legislative path sidelined once more, could the state emulate Florida in narrowing felony disenfranchisement?
Mar 28, 2019
Mar 27, 2019
“People don’t lose their citizenship just because they’re sentenced to prison,” said one advocate.
Mar 07, 2019
Advocates pursue many fronts to push for incarcerated individuals to have electoral voice, two decades Massachusetts restricted the franchise.
Feb 07, 2019
Jan 25, 2019
Can New Mexico provide a new model for ambitious voting-rights reform?
Jan 10, 2019
But it will still retain a system that is harsh by national standards and will disenfranchise large numbers of residents.
Dec 20, 2018
"What kind of state is Kentucky, truly?" asked an organizer. "What kind of democracy, if you take away folks, Black and brown folks?"
Dec 06, 2018
Mississippi has inherited the dubious distinction of being the state that disenfranchises the highest share of its residents.
Nov 29, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Oct 18, 2018
Sep 06, 2018