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.
The 2021 legislative session has begun.