On July 24th, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to nearly 4 million formerly incarcerated American citizens who are out of prison, living in the community.
The day after the Voting Registration Protection Act of 2007 went into effect, the Maryland Got Democracy campaign held a press conference at the Baltimore Board of Elections to publicize the elegibility of people with felony convictions to register to vote. View the press conference here.
On June 8, the Brennan Center for Justice convened 20 law enforcement leaders from across the country to discuss their support for restoring voting rights for people with felony convictions. Participants included American Correctional Association Executive Director James Gondles, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, and Miami Police Chief John Timoney, among many others.