Jewish Community Action has long been a champion of the right to vote, and in 2012, fought hard to ensure that this right would be protected. Now, having demonstrated our state’s commitment to the right to vote, we have the opportunity to further improve our state’s election system and to restore voting rights to thousands of Minnesotan citizens. We and our allies believe that if someone convicted of a crime has served their time and is living in the community again, it is only fair to restore their voting rights so that they have the opportunity to contribute positively and to participate in our democracy.
Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 for a hearing on the “felon notification bill,” which would not restore the right to vote, but would rather make improvements to how the state notifies voters if and when their voting rights are restored and revoked. We ask to join us in our opposition to this bill, which does not go far enough, and which only perpetuates the current policy of disenfranchisement. Together, we will show our legislators that the solution is not a better notification system; the solution is the full restoration of voting rights for all citizens who have served their time.
If you would like to attend this hearing, and better yet, if you would like to testify at it, please contact Jeff Narabrook, a Public Policy Associate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Tuesday, February 19
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul
State Senate Judiciary Committee