Help the Brennan Center Restore Voting Rights in Rhode Island — Pre-Election Volunteer Opportunity
On November 7th, Rhode Island will be the first state in the country to vote on a ballot referendum to restore voting right to thousands of Rhode Island citizens. Currently the RI Constitution disenfranchises people who have been convicted of a felony until they serve their entire sentence, including probation and parole. In RI, probation and parole terms can run for a long time – sometimes as long as 15 or 20 years. Here’s how it plays out:
  • More than 15,000 Rhode Island citizens are disenfranchised as a result of the current law
  • 1 in 5 African American men in RI cannot vote because of this law
  • 1 in 11 Latino men in RI are disenfranchised by this law
  • The rate of disenfranchisement in urban areas is 3.5 times that of the rest of the state
Question 2 on the RI ballot this year seeks to amend the constitution to restore voting rights as soon as people are released from prison and are living, working, and raising families in the community.
Why am I telling you this? You live in NY, not RI, right? Well here’s the ask: We’re running a phone bank to encourage people in RI to vote YES ON QUESTION 2. If you have a couple of hours to spare, we’d love your help making calls to folks in RI about this issue.
Here’s the schedule:
Mon. Oct. 30th through Friday Nov. 3rd: 6pm-8:30pm
Sat. Nov 4th & Sun. Nov 5th: 1pm-5pm
Mon. Nov. 6th: 6-8:30pm
There are so many reasons why this is important. If you have questions, or want to talk about it more, let me know. You can also check out the RI Right to Vote website
If you’d like to volunteer – please email me and I can fill in logistical details!
Hope everyone’s life is proceeding beautifully!
Ana Mu–oz
Field Coordinator
Right to Vote Campaign
Brennan Center for Justice
161 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013

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