Last week we stood with Senators Rice and Cunningham and Assemblywomen Sumter and Tucker, 80 organizations, and more than 100 people from across New Jersey to introduce historic legislation, S-2100/A-3456, to restore voting rights to nearly 100,000 people on probation, parole, and in prison.
We are united around the belief that voting is a fundamental right that should not be lost because of a criminal conviction. New Jersey first broadly denied the right to vote to people with criminal convictions in 1844, the same year it adopted a constitution that restricted voting to white men. Our campaign seeks to turn the page on 1844.
We need your help in three ways to make sure that this historic bill becomes law:
1. Call your state legislators in the Assembly and Senate to express your support for S-2100/A-3456. Sample script: My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a voter in [YOUR MUNICIPALITY]. I am calling to urge Assemblymember/Senator to support S-2100/A-3456, a bill that will restore voting rights to nearly 100,000 New Jerseyans on parole, on probation, or in prison, because voting is a fundamental right. Thank you.
2. Join more than 80 organizations by signing on your organization to this letter endorsing the campaign. Please contact Institute Communications Director Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg at [email protected].
3. Share this post on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure to use the hashtag #1844NoMore.