Anyone who has a right to vote should have access to a ballot, even if incarcerated. HPTA is working to register eligible jail inmates to vote. We believe all voices count, all voices should be heard, and that all eligible voters should have access to the political system.
LOST VOTERS, LOST VOICES
Over six million Americans have lost their right to vote due to involvement in the criminal justice system. Felony disenfranchisement policies vary by state, but invariably affect communities of colors at high rates.
In North Carolina, "active felons" are prohibited from registering to vote. If they register illegally, they risk being charged with another felony.
In Alamance County, several people are being charged with felonies for voting prior to the restoration of their voting rights.
"Disqualification of felon. No person adjudged guilty of a felony against this State or the United States, or adjudged guilty of a felony in another state that also would be a felony if it had been committed in this State, shall be permitted to vote unless that person shall be first restored to the rights of citizenship in the manner prescribed by law."
- N.C. Constitution, Article VI, Sec. 2