States moving fast after Congress failed to expand felon voting rights

The latest failure of comprehensive voting rights reform on the federal level has prompted renewed flurries of activity from felon voting rights advocates on the state level. The Freedom to Vote Act, which failed to pass the US Senate, would have restored voting rights to any US citizen, regardless of felony status, provided they were no longer serving in prison at the time of an election. Despite this failure, activists remain cautiously optimistic – the number of states that offer automatic voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated has increased by 50% since 2018.

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