Letter from the editor- Felony disenfranchisement

America has a long history of voter suppression. It’s unfortunately a racist system that we live under, especially when, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections, 60.9 percent of inmates are non-white. 

I got involved with Restore Your Vote Arizona, a project of the Campaign Legal Center. It’s a two-month campaign that’s focused on helping people with prior felony convictions get their rights returned. It’s currently in two states, Nevada and Arizona, and four cities, Tucson, Phoenix, Reno and Las Vegas.

The difference between Arizona and other states is that Arizona gives people with felony convictions the runaround. We have some of the most complicated laws in the nation when it comes to rights restoration, and it’s the reason that we were chosen to have this campaign.  

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