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"Restoring voting rights to people leaving prison is an important part of democracy," By Lisa Deaderick, The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 22, 2020
"Updated: "Who Must Pay to Regain the Vote? A 50-State Survey"," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, November 23, 2020
"After California restores felon voting rights, activists see growing national trend," by Natalia Abrahams, NBC News, November 13, 2020
"Where the Criminal Justice System Blocks Americans’ Right to Vote," by Peyton Forte, Bloomberg CityLab, November 02, 2020
"California passes measure allowing felons on parole to vote," by Christopher Weber, Associated Press, November 04, 2020
"Celebrities Spent Millions So Florida Felons Could Vote. Will It Make a Difference?," by Lawrence Mower and Langston Taylor, ProPublica, November 02, 2020
"Ex-Inmates Struggle in a Banking System Not Made for Them," by David Benoit, Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2020
"Tennessee does not have to change felony voting rights laws to match other states, judge rules," by Mariah Timms, Tennessean, October 26, 2020
"In 2018, Florida enfranchised former felons. They’re still fighting for the right to vote.," by Rebecca Nelson, Washington Post, October 26, 2020
"DC Jail Registers Hundreds of Inmates to Vote," by Scott MacFarlane, Katie Leslie and Jeff Piper, NBC Washington, October 20, 2020
"Why restoring voting rights to former felons is “one of the key civil right issues of our time”," by Courtney Connley, CNBC, October 21, 2020
"More Than 5 Million Voting-Age Americans Can’t Vote. Here’s Where They Live," by Matthew Green, KQED, October 19, 2020
"Progress on restoring felons’ voting rights is still slow — but at least there’s progress
," by Editorial Board, Washington Post, October 18, 2020
"Report: Number Of Tennesseans Barred From Voting For Felony Conviction On The Rise," by Samantha Max, WKMS, October 15, 2020
"5.2 million people can’t vote due to their felony record, according to a new report," by German Lopez, Vox, October 14, 2020