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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 http://restoreth­

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 paul­hus­d@bren­