Felony disenfranchisement traces its origins to the racist Jim Crow laws after the Civil War and has a disproportionate impact on people of color. The right to vote assists those exiting the criminal legal system in reintegrating into their respective communities. We’re working with a coalition of organizations from NM SAFE to pass a bill helping those with felony convictions retain the right to vote upon release from incarceration in New Mexico. This bill would end the practice of canceling a person’s voter registration when they are convicted of a crime and would also require that those with felony convictions get assistance in registering to vote before they are released.

Sponsors

Representative Gail Chasey

Status

Passed committee

Session

2021

Bill number

HB 74

Position

Support