URGENT ACTION ALERT
~ PLEASE DISTRIBUTE BROADLY- OCTOBER 26, 2002
Congressman John Conyers has introduced HR 551 (the Civic Participation
and Rehabilitation Act of 2002). It presently has 23 co-sponsors.
This bill would secure the federal voting rights of persons who
have been released from incarceration.
The bill points out that nearly four million felons are presently
disenfranchised, three-fourths of whom are on probation or parole
or are otherwise ex-offenders. It also points out that 13% of African-American
males cannot vote and that Hispanics are also overly disenfranchised.
The bill would restore voting rights to ex-felons, while still denying
that right to those in correctional facilities (unless a particular
state allows those incarcerated to vote).
It is necessary that you contact your representative and request
that he/she co-sponsor this legislation and/or demonstrate that
he/she will vote “yes” if and when it comes up for a