In 2018, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) built RestoreYourVote.org and RecupereSuVoto.org, a first-of-its-kind tool to help Americans who have been impacted by the criminal legal system understand their voting rights.
Since then, RestoreYourVote.org has been cited by the Department of Justice and visited by over 300,000 unique visitors -- and now we have an exciting update to share: The Restore Your Vote tool has now been updated to give media, advocacy groups and government agencies the ability to feature the tool directly on their websites.
By embedding RestoreYourVote.org on their websites, media outlets, advocacy organizations and government agencies can be partners in the effort to educate as many people as possible about their voting rights and make American democracy more inclusive in the process.
Felony disenfranchisement laws, a relic of Jim Crow, silence roughly 4.6 million Americans and disproportionately impact Black and brown communities. Today, 5.3% of Black Americans are disenfranchised due to felony convictions compared to 1.5% of the non-Black population.
Of the nearly 24 million Americans with past felony convictions, more than 19 million can register to vote right now, but don’t know it. This is due to a patchwork of confusing and evolving laws, rampant misinformation and government-sponsored intimidation tactics.
Our democracy works best when everyone has a voice. Too many people with past felony convictions sit out elections because of confusion and fear around eligibility.
The RestoreYourVote.org tool can help clear up misinformation that may be preventing tens of millions of Americans from exercising their freedom to vote. CLC’s Restore Your Vote team also operates a hotline where voters can receive free and confidential direct rights restoration services.
With the 2024 general election right around the corner, battleground states like Florida have used law enforcement to intimidate and criminalize Americans with felony convictions so they are too afraid to vote. Access to free, straightforward resources like RestoreYourVote.org can help give voters the confidence they need to participate in democracy.