In December 2019 -- as a result of the collective advocacy of the 1844 No More campaign -- Gov. Murphy signed into law voting rights restoration for 83,000 people on probation and parole. That's almost the size of the population of our capital city of Trenton!
One of those 83,000 was the Institute's own Democracy & Justice Fellow, Ron Pierce -- a friend, husband, and veteran whose voice was silenced for 34 years. This photo shows Ron holding the pen Gov. Murphy used to sign the law.
New Jersey first denied the vote to people with criminal convictions in 1844 -- the same year it restricted the vote to white men in its Constitution.
This egregious form of voter suppression -- which ties the sacred franchise to the racially biased criminal justice system -- denied the vote to over 100,000 people in New Jersey.
The new law brings us 83,000 times closer to being #1844NoMore.
When we finally restore the vote to the 19,000 people in prison, we can fully say we're there.
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Institute Associate Counsel and Debevoise Fellow Scott Novakowski writes for NJ Spotlight on why we must restore the right to vote to people with criminal convictions.
Over 102,000 people can’t vote in New Jersey. Learn why and take action to restore their rights. #1844nomore
Today, nearly 175 years later, though legal slavery has been abolished and New Jersey no longer explicitly prohibits Black people from voting, New Jersey continues to deny voting rights to people with criminal convictions.
Read the Institute's new report profiling people denied the vote