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Voting Rights Restoration Efforts in Minnesota

See below for the current disenfranchisement laws in Minnesota, as well as our recent advocacy efforts.

Published: March 13, 2014

In Minnesota, persons with criminal convictions are restored the right to vote upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole and probation.  The Brennan Center for Justice is collaborating with local allies, including Take Action Minnesota to formulate a broad coalition of allies to work towards automatic restoration upon release from prison. For more information about the coalition and current legislative efforts, visit

Brennan Center Publications

  • Restoring the Right to Vote, Erika Wood (2009)
    • The Brennan Center’s policy proposal for restoring voting rights for citizens with past criminal convictions.
  • My First Vote (2009)
    • Testimonials of individuals who regained their voting rights after being disenfranchised because of past criminal convictions.
  • De Facto Disenfranchisement, Erika Wood & Rachel Bloom (2008)
    • A report on how complex laws, poorly informed officials, and misinformation lead to the de facto disenfranchisement of citizens with past criminal convictions who are eligible to vote.
  • Racism & Felony Disenfranchisement: An Intertwined History, Erin Kelley (2017)
    • A piece examining the historical roots of criminal disenfranchisement laws that today strip voting rights from millions of U.S. citizens.

For more information about the Brennan Center’s work on Restoring Voting Rights in Minnesota, please contact Derek Paulhus, at