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The Democracy Restoration Act

S. 2017: Democracy Restoration Act of 2011

Summary: A bill to secure the Federal voting rights of persons when released from incarceration. (More Info)

The Democracy Restoration Act (S. 2017) was introduced in the 112th Congress, which has adjourned. It has not yet been reintroduced.

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 207,542 Facebook fans 168,151 Twitter followers

Congressional action is needed to establish a federal standard that restores voting rights in federal elections to the millions of Americans who are living in the community, but continue to be denied their ability to fully participate in civic life. In June 2011, Representative John Conyers introduced the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011 in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2212). In December 2011, Senator Ben Cardin introduced it in the Senate (S. 2017).

The provisions of the Democracy Restoration Act would:

• Restore voting rights in federal elections to nearly 4 million Americans who have been released from prison and ...

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National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) 359,028 Facebook fans 90,672 Twitter followers

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 77,117 Facebook fans 40,661 Twitter followers

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 10,426 Facebook fans 8,659 Twitter followers

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund 5,115 Facebook fans 4,065 Twitter followers

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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Project Vote 2,088 Twitter followers

At the urging of more than two dozen civil rights groups, an important piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate today that would give the democratic voice back to millions of citizens.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2011 (S. 2017), introduced today by Sen. Ben Cardin, would restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in their communities. This summer, Rep. John Conyers introduced the bill to the House, where it remains pending.

Now, the civil rights coalition–including Project Vote, the ACLU, NAACP, and Brennan Center for Justice, among dozens of ...

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The Sentencing Project 4,613 Facebook fans

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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APIAVote 1,432 Facebook fans 1,359 Twitter followers

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, a coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, are writing to urge your support and co-sponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to people who are out of prison and living in the community. The current patchwork of laws that disfranchise people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination. As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all ...

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