Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act of 2005On February 8th, Representative Charles Rangel introduced the Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act of 2005. This act requires that all states allow former felons to vote so long as they have completed their incarceration, parole, and probation. Currently, eight states require an order or pardon from the governor in order to regain voting rights after the full completion of a sentence. According to estimates based on current incarceration rates, 3 in 10 African American males in the next generation will be disenfranchised at some point in their lifetime. Passing this bill will be a useful step towards ensuring equal voting rights for all Americans.
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