Yes, we finally made it happen. House Bill 265 is on its way to the Governor's desk, which means thousands of formerly incarcerated people throughout the state, including many of our staff members, are getting their voting rights back! We truly could not have achieved this victory without the unwavering support of so many people, including YOU! THANK YOU! Though in many ways this historic win has been five years in the making, your calls, emails, tweets and relentless commitment to contacting our state representatives over the past few weeks really sealed the deal. This is what people power looks like, and it's just the beginning. "The idea that you’re gonna support or oppose people’s voting rights based on who they are, what they are, what they think, is just totally antithetical to democracy," says our Deputy Director Bruce Reilly, who will now be able to vote again. "We’ve come a long way [and] I can't wait to vote."
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