Voter Registration Paperwork Is Confusing
When Marilynn Winn was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, for her, breaking the law wasn’t about disrespect, or being selfish. It was about survival.
“I learned how to shoplift from a family member because I guess we didn’t have money to buy everything we needed,” Winn said.
Much of her life was spent under state supervision, including six prison sentences, and punishment for close to 30 felonies.
“I don’t even know how many times I’ve been arrested,” Winn said.
She completed her last sentence in 2010, and after dealing with some confusion over paperwork, registered to vote. Soon after that she cast her first ballot.
“I was excited,” Winn said. “Because I can vote now and so I make it a point and I remember my grandparents – every time they were there – so, I’m the same way.”
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