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State Reform

There is significant momentum nationwide to restore voting rights to people who are living in our communities but have convictions in their past. The Brennan Center is at the fore of this movement, providing research into state laws and proposing model legislation.

Overview

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.

Restoring the Right to Vote by State