Notify Ex-Offenders in D.C. of Their Voting Rights
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Research by leading scholars on the topic indicates that many individuals with prior felony convictions believe they are precluded from voting, even when they are in fact eligible to do so.
This is largely due to the confusion that results from laws that differ significantly between states. However, this misinformation undermines the reintegration of ex-offenders, as voting reaffirms citizenship and membership in society as a whole. It also runs counter to the ideals of democratic participation that characterize American society.
For this reason, we respectfully contend that the District of Columbia should enact policies to inform non-incarcerated individuals with felony convictions that their criminal records do not affect their eligibility to vote in the District of Columbia. The right to vote is fundamental in democracies like the United States. Especially in the nation’s capital, it is imperative that citizens are aware of their rights and are thereby empowered to exercise them.
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