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It’s a positive behavior with powerful effects and it can be passed from parent to child. Children whose parents vote are more likely to vote themselves as adults. Voting allows former offenders the opportunity to set a positive example for their children, and, civic participation like voting may help former offenders re-enter society and reduce recidivism. However, 47,000 Minnesotans who have served their time and are now living and working in the community are denied the right to vote because of a past felony conviction. In 2015, a bill to restore voting rights to these former offenders was introduced and received strong bipartisan support. The bill passed the state Senate but failed to receive a hearing in the state House.
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota believes former offenders should be allowed to vote and is a proud member of the Restore the Vote coalition.