Incarcerated and newly released voters would get better election access under proposed plan

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Baltimore Fishbowl

Dana Paikowsky, an Equal Justice Works fellow for the Campaign Legal Center, said thousands of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people are left out of the voting process. “One of the issues here is that we don’t get really good numbers about who we should be doing outreach to, about who is impacted, about who’s impacted who has come out, who’s coming in,” she said. Paikowsky said that many people who would be eligible to vote are not yet registered, which complicates defining the scope of “eligible voters” who are disenfranchised. “The impact the justice system has on justice-involved voters is massive, and so the impact of a program that works to serve these voters would also be massive,” she said.

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