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Voting Rights Restoration Efforts in Texas

Voting Rights Restoration Efforts in Texas

Published: March 27, 2014

Current felony disen­fran­chise­ment laws

A 1997 Texas law, signed by then Governor George Bush, restores voting rights to ex-offend­ers upon their comple­tion of felony sentences.

Legal analysis and legis­lat­ive advocacy

In 2005, activ­ists in Texas sought to extend voting rights to proba­tion­ers. Although the coali­tion favored direct re-enfran­chise­ment, the chief legis­lat­ive spon­sor proposed permit­ting proba­tion­ers to peti­tion a court for restor­a­tion once they had served a third of their sentence. The Bren­nan Center then prepared a memor­andum for the coali­tion and offered other advice on the proced­ural rules neces­sary to make such a judi­cial peti­tion­ing process at all usable.