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Jerrold Nadler

Restoring felon voting rights critical to House Democrats' first bill

Restoring felon voting rights critical to House Democrats' first bill

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will make strengthening democratic institutions the focus of its first bill in 2019. Legislation to protect voters’ rights will be first on the agenda when Democrats take over the House next year.

HR 1, as it’s now being called, is rather comprehensive: It would establish automatic voter registration, restore the values of the gutted Voting Rights Act and mitigate the effects of gerrymandering by stripping states of their power to draw districts.

But the proposed HR 1 omits one essential part of any voting rights effort: re-enfranchising people who’ve lost the right to vote because of felony convictions. HR 1 needs to...

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