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Unlock the Vote
October 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Join representatives from EXPO (EX-Incarcerated People Organizing) and League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County to discuss efforts to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions in WI upon their release from prison vs. after completing supervision (probation, parole or extended supervision). Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (4th District) is proposing legislation to restore the right to vote for people with a felony conviction upon their release from prison. The bill, “Unlock the Vote,” would grant formerly incarcerated people the right to vote as soon as they are free. Currently, they are not allowed to vote unless they are “off paper”— which means, they’ve completed their supervision, parole, or probation. At the moment, there are about 66,000 formerly incarcerated individuals in Wisconsin who can’t vote because they are still “on paper.” (Legislative Reference Bureau bill draft 1522.) “Denying them the right to vote upon release is an injustice that must stop,” said Sen. Lena Taylor at a press conference in the State Capitol on July 24, 2019.