Felony disenfranchisement traces its origins to the racist Jim Crow laws after the Civil War and has a disproportionate impact on people of color. As of 2017, over 24,000 New Mexicans were not eligible to vote due to felony convictions. We’re working with a coalition of organizations, including Millions for Prisoners, to end this practice in New Mexico. House Bill 57, sponsored by Representative Gail Chasey, would eliminate the ban on voting rights and delete current language requiring people convicted of a felony to go through an onerous process of re-registering to vote. If passed, New Mexico would join Vermont and Maine as the only states to completely prohibit felony disenfranchisement.

 

Sponsors

Rep. Gail Chasey

Status

Lost: bill did not pass

Session

2019

Bill number

House Bill 57

Position

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