Two meaningful events that will raise awareness of the Democracy Restoration Act will take place in Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 17: the CBC’s Judiciary Braintrust, and the National Black Law Students Association’s Social Action Rally.
This summer the New York legislature took decisive action to create two important policy reforms: requiring that people in prison be allocated to their home communities for redistricting purposes; and requiring criminal justice agencies to provide voting rights information to people who are again eligible to vote after a felony conviction.
In a political climate where the partisan divide makes allies and alliances more predictable every day, last week's USA Today shed light on a rather unusual set of allies: cops and individuals recently released from prison. But the idea is not new to the Brennan Center. Since 2007, we have been building a similar partnership.
The effort to restore voting rights in New York is gaining momentum. Today, over 100 New Yorkers sent postcards to their legislators and Governor Paterson urging them to restore the right to vote to people in New York who are on parole and probation.
Last week, John Fund wrote about the demise of a recent Wisconsin elections bill. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Fund found a lot to dislike in the legislation. The curious thing is that among his targets was a new cause one would think he’d be championing....
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took a second giant step back in time this week, bringing back restrictions reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. The Governor plans to require everyone seeking to have their voting rights restored following a non-violent conviction to write an essay outlining their contributions to society and the "reasons why you believe the restoration of your civil rights is justified."