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.
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.