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.
Governor McDonnell’s support for restoring rights complements his use of his clemency power to reintegrate these individuals back into our democracy. The legislature should swiftly respond to his call.