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DC Poised to Join Maine and Vermont: Your Right to Vote Cannot be Taken Away Once Eligible

Being a person that was formerly incarcerated myself, the only time I didn’t vote was during my incarceration. I know better than most the importance of being able to vote with a felony conviction. Growing up in a household that placed significant emphasis on the importance of voting, I have always understood the POWER in being able to vote and having your voice heard.

Voting & Elections 05.14.2019

Voting is a right that should not be taken away. Our history with systemic racism means we must first restore that right for millions of Americans.

The history of denying incarcerated people the right to vote is rooted in the history of African American voter suppression. And while restoring that right is gaining traction in the 2020 campaign, Tierra Bradford says many Democratic hopefuls still don’t get the point.

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