[Ed. – Ahead of its time]
Washington DC is set to allow imprisoned people to vote, a significant move because US states have long disenfranchised those with felony convictions, even after they have served their sentences behind bars.
There were more than 6 million Americans who were unable to vote in the 2018 midterms because of a felony conviction. Washington DC’s plan would put the US Capitol in line with just two other states in the country.
Washington DC has a very high incarceration rate and up to 4,500 people could be affected by the measure, included in emergency police reform legislation that passed the city council this week.
“Expanding voting rights to persons in prison is a historic step for American democracy,” said Nicole Porter, director of advocacy at the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform group, in a statement.