Amid A Wave Of Legislation Suppressing The Vote, The D.C. Region Makes Significant Strides In Expanding Access
Even more changes could be coming: D.C. lawmakers are expected to debate bills in the coming year that would allow non-citizen permanent residents to vote in local elections and move toward a ranked-choice voting system like the one recently used in New York City’s mayoral election. “D.C. definitely joined an elite group of jurisdictions that have done away with or never even had felony disenfranchisement to begin with,” says Blair Bowie, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center. Last September, the D.C. Board of Elections sent voter registration forms to 2,400 D.C. residents incarcerated at more than 100 federal facilities across the country.
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