There is significant national momentum toward restoring voting rights to people with criminal convictions in their past. Over the past two decades, more than a dozen states have moved to ease voting restrictions on people in the community with past criminal convictions.
The Brennan Center analyzes state laws to understand who is permitted to vote and how these rights might be expanded. We also draft model legislation to restore voting rights to people with criminal convictions, and we testify on bills in legislatures around the country. We perform research to demonstrate the devastating impact of criminal disenfranchisement laws.
For a map of current state felon disenfranchisement policies, click here.