Opinion: Connecticut must stop charging ex-offenders to vote

Hartford Courant

No democracy should deny citizens the right to vote because they are too poor to pay monetary debts. Yet Connecticut does exactly that to some of its formerly incarcerated residents. Under an obscure provision of Connecticut law, some of our neighbors — those who served time in a federal or non-Connecticut state prison for a past felony — cannot register to vote until they have paid any fines associated with the conviction. Unlike every other state, Connecticut has a senselessly complicated regime governing who needs to pay fines before voting. 

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