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Connecticut Governor Signs Bill to Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole

State joins 19 others that automatically restore voting rights to people upon their release from prison.

June 17, 2021
Contact: Julian Brookes, Media Contact, brookesj@brennan.law.nyu.edu, 646-292-8376

For Imme­di­ate Release
June 23, 2021

Today Governor Ned Lamont signed SB 1201, a bill that restores voting rights to people on parole. With the governor’s signa­ture, Connecti­cut joins 19 other states that auto­mat­ic­ally restore voting rights to people upon their release from prison.

Eliza Sweren-Becker, coun­sel in the Voting Rights and Elec­tions Program at the Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the follow­ing comment:

“This is a terrific day for demo­cracy in Connecti­cut. The bill the governor signed corrects a long­stand­ing injustice. Although they live and work in the state, the roughly 4,000 people on parole in Connecti­cut were prohib­ited from voting. Now they will be able to parti­cip­ate fully as citizens in the decisions that affect them and their famil­ies.   

“Because of racial inequit­ies in Connecti­c­ut’s crim­inal legal system, the ban on voting dispro­por­tion­ately impacted people of color. By ending the ban, the new law is a step towards racial justice.”

More inform­a­tion on rights restor­a­tion efforts in Connecti­cut is here.

More inform­a­tion on rights restor­a­tion nation­wide is here.