Coalition works to restore voting rights to felons

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Mar 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A coalition working to restore voting rights to felons who have served their time is trying to convince legislators to change state law.

Members of the Restore the Vote Coalition want Minnesota to join 13 other states and allow felons who have been released from prison to vote. The group's members say it's a civil rights issue that will allow thousands of people to have a say in the political process. Supporters kicked off lobbying efforts at the state Capitol Tuesday.

The Minnesota County Attorneys Association, the League of Women Voters, the NAACP and the Minnesota Catholic Conference support the change. They cite University of Minnesota statistics that say 63,000 convicted felons were ineligible to vote in 2012.

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