ACLU launches campaign to promote voting for previously incarcerated people

Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 12:09:20-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana launched the Yes! You Can Vote! initiative Tuesday to promote the voting rights of Hoosiers who have been previously incarcerated.

Indiana is one of 16 states, plus Washington, D.C., where people who have been previously incarcerated can vote. In Indiana, people lose their voting rights only while incarcerated, and receive automatic restoration upon release.

The campaign also promotes the voting rights of transgender individuals, individuals with disabilities, recently naturalized citizens and college students.

Over 35,000 individuals have been released from jail or prison in Marion County alone over the last 10 years.

“We hope that every Hoosier makes their voice heard, owns their power, and exercises their right to vote on November 3. But you can’t use your rights, unless you know your rights,” said Jane Henegar, executive director at the ACLU of Indiana. “The strength of our democracy lies in the right of every American to vote.”

For more information on the campaign, click here.