Over 102,000 people can’t vote in New Jersey because they have criminal convictions.
This is a pernicious form of voter suppression and has a disproportionate impact on people of color. Almost half of impacted people are Black, compared to just 15% of New Jersey’s population. That is because New Jersey directly imports the racial discrimination of the criminal justice system into the sacred right to vote.
The Institute’s 1844 No More campaign – named for the year the vote was denied in New Jersey to people with criminal convictions – has succeeded in getting legislation passed to restore voting rights to this population. Go here to help us pass it.