Millions of Americans have lost their right to vote because of a past felony conviction. Progress is being made across the country to reform these laws, but the problem is even larger than the 5 million people who are legally disenfranchised. Across the country, there are an estimated 23 million people with felony convictions. Because of complicated laws, misinformation, and poor administration, a huge portion of the 17 million Americans with felony convictions who are not directly disenfranchised remain de facto disenfranchised.
The Restore Your Vote campaign aims to tackle that problem by developing and executing scalable models for rights restoration services, community leader training, and broad public education to combat de facto disenfranchisement.
•We’ve provided direct rights restoration services to thousands of individuals;
•We’ve trained thousands of community leaders in the rights restoration process of their state;
•Tens of thousands of people have used our online toolkit, RestoreYourVote.org;
•We’ve earned dozens of local and national media hits telling the stories of people we’ve assisted and spreading the word that just because you have a felony conviction, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot vote
We’ve built a user-friendly online tool that allows people with convictions in all fifty states, DC, and Puerto Rico to determine whether they can vote or how to restore their voting rights by answering a series of mostly yes or no questions.
Read the account of Dennis Eckhoff, an Arizona resident who found answers about his voting rights on RestoreYourVote.org that he had been seeking for over twelve years.
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