“Democratic states are moving to expand the voting rights of felons as the GOP seeks to tighten voting rules following a spate of losses in the 2020 election,” according to The Hill.
“New York, Washington and Virginia have all recently taken legislative or executive action ensuring previously incarcerated men and women will have easier access to the ballot box.
“Advocates have argued that most people who are affected by felony disenfranchisement come from communities of color. [emphasis added]
“‘The history of this is very much connected to Jim Crow and racism. And sadly, our nation has deep and long history about choosing who gets to vote as a mechanism to keep some people down,’ said New York Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell (D), who sponsored legislation that the legislature passed expanding voting rights to previously incarcerated felons…
“The Democrat-led efforts come amid a growing battle over voting rights, with Republican-controlled statehouses across the U.S. moving forward with their own legislation critics argue is intended to restrict voter access.
“As of March 24, 361 bills had been introduced in 47 states aimed at tightening voting rules in some way, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
For more of this report, please go to The Hill.
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