Here in California citizens with a felony conviction can vote once they have completed parole. Citizens on probation or convicted of a misdemeanor can vote. But that is not the case in some other states. Last year more than one of every five African-Americans in Virginia was disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. In that state restoration of voting rights is not automatic. Recently the Governor began restoring voting rights on a case by case basis. In this article and short, inspiring video one reentry citizen expresses the sense of empowerment and purpose that comes with exercising the right to vote. Watch it here!
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