At a time when leaders of both political parties are uniting to reform our criminal justice system, this veto is a failure of leadership. The legislature should override the veto and give these citizens a second chance.
Members of Congress today introduced the Democracy Restoration Act — based on a Brennan Center proposal — which would restore voting rights in federal elections to nearly 4.4 million American citizens with past criminal convictions.
At a Capitol Hill briefing today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined an expert panel of witnesses to discuss solutions to end the disenfranchisement of individuals with past criminal convictions.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul urged a Kentucky Senate committee to restore voting rights to people with past criminal convictions. His testimony comes one week after Attorney General Eric Holder called on states to restore rights.
Nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a criminal conviction in their past. Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to these citizens is a significant step forward for democracy.