On Thursday, June 20, 2019 the MBLLC testified in support of H669 & S392: An Act to increase voter registration, participation, and to help prevent recidivism. The legislation, filed by Rep. Holmes and Sen. Chang-Díaz would protect and empower eligible voters, while facilitating voter registration for those who regain their right to vote upon returning to their communities.
The legislation would make it the responsibility of the DOC to to help eligible voters in their custody obtain absentee ballots, and help those convicted of felonies preregister leading up to their release. It would also require that the Secretary of State train city and town clerks on this.
When incarcerated individuals return to their communities they face many obstacles. These hurdles arise while searching for employment, but they also arise while they simply look for ways to contribute to society and play a helpful role in their community. This legislation provides them with a mechanism to participate in the building of their community, and thereby can reduce recidivism as they recognize their prospects to fully reenter society.
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