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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.

Last Updated: March 7, 2023
Published: March 13, 2014

Disenfranchisement in Minnesota

On March 3, 2023, Gov. Tim Walz signed a law that will automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison when it goes into effect in July 2023. That law will restore voting rights to an estimated 55,000 people. Until that law becomes effective, Minnesota prohibits people with felony convictions from voting while they are in prison or on probation or parole.

Legislative Efforts

On March 3, 2023, Gov. Walz signed into law HF 28, which will automatically restore voting rights to people with felony convictions on probation or parole. The legislation was passed by both chambers of Minnesota’s legislature in February, shortly after the state’s supreme court rejected a challenge to the state’s felony disenfranchisement policy.

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