Voting rights of ex-offenders an issue this November in Nevada, Florida, nationwide


This November, more than 6 million U.S. citizens will be unable to vote because of their past criminal convictions, the Brennan Center for Justice reports, and of those, 4.7 million “live, work, and raise families in our communities.”

Some ex-offenders can register to vote, according to a national campaign initiated this year by the Campaign Legal Center. It launched the Restore Your Vote campaign in Alabama, Alaska, Nevada and Texas to help register eligible ex-offenders before each state’s registration deadline.

In Nevada, nearly 90,000 ex-offenders are restricted from voting. For some, “You do have a pathway to restoring your voting rights,” said Aaron Esparza, organizer of Las Vegas Restore Your Vote. “That's often the biggest misconception.”

Read the full article