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. 

 

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Read our Report - 1844 No More: Let Us Vote 

Read our Report - Value to the Soul: People With Criminal Convictions on the Power of the Vote

Over 100 organizations have signed on to support voting rights restoration.


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