Ex-Prisoners in Nevada Look Forward to Something New: Voting in 2020
As of 2016, Nevada ranked ninth among states with the most disenfranchised voters, with about 4 percent of its voting age population unable to vote because of felony convictions. Some who were released from prison before the law could regain the right to vote in the state, but the process was complicated, and it depended on certain factors, including the crime, how long the person had been out of prison and parole status. “It was Byzantine,” said Blair Bowie, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center, who worked on changing the law in Nevada last year. The Washington-based organization has been leading a nationwide campaign to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated.
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