Lawmakers in at least 14 states have proposed a wave of legislation restoring voting rights to individuals with past felony convictions, according to a recent Brennan Center for Justice report.
This trend is seen in both blue and red states. On March 3, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, signed a bill into law that permits convicted felons to vote after leaving prison instead of after completing parole. In addition, according to The Omaha World-Herald, Republicans in the Nebraska legislature voted 5-2 to move forward a measure that would eliminate the current two-year waiting period for felons to regain their voting rights.
Nebraska is one of 11 states that prohibit felons from voting immediately upon completing their sentences. Felony convictions prevented approximately 4.6 million Americans from casting ballots in 2022, according to The Sentencing Project.