The Criminalization of Voting: Overview of Voter Prosecutions [webinar]

A criminal conviction can lead to permanent loss of voting rights. Disenfranchising millions of Americans due to a criminal conviction undercuts the promise of democracy and severely weakens the power of communities, particularly those most harmed by the legal system, to meaningfully shape the political bodies that are supposed to represent them.



According to The Sentencing Project, 1 in 16 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, a rate 3.7 times greater than that of non-African Americans. 

On the rise is criminal prosecutions target people for voting or attempting to vote. Many states have enacted laws that in some way disenfranchise voters who have been convicted of a felony. The patchwork of state laws governing the revocation and restoration of voting rights is often complex and obscure, making the restoration of voting rights inaccessible for many with felony convictions.  Many individuals with past felony convictions who have earnestly sought to restore their voting rights, disproportionately people of color, are being targeted and prosecuted on voter fraud charges due to the often due to confusing and conflicting information about their voting status.

On November 29th at 1:00-2:00pm ET NACDL hosted The Criminalization of Voting: Overview of Voter Prosecutions. The panel discusses the unfortunate cycle of criminalization some face when attempting to get their voting rights restored. This webinar features Blair Bowie, Director of the Restore Your Vote Project at the Campaign Legal Center; and Mitchell Brown, Senior Counsel, Voting Rights Section for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 

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