Wisconsin felony disenfranchisement laws deny voting rights long after individuals leave prison
EX-incarcerated People Organizing (or EXPO), an organization of formerly incarcerated citizens in Wisconsin, is preparing to reintroduce a piece of legislation to restore voting rights to the state’s incarcerated upon their release from prison. Currently, more than 63,000 Wisconsinites are denied their right to vote so long as they remain “on paper” – that is, on probation, parole, or under “extended supervision,” which can last for many years and even decades after incarceration. Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana have already passed state laws similar to the bill supported by EXPO.
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