Voting Is A Symbol Of Empowerment

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I have been actively involved in the Right to Vote campaign in Rhode Island since I was released from prison. I spent years in the prison law library reading about the history and the legal justification for the right to vote. The more I read, the more I realized how wrong the current laws are. Voting is essential. Restricting the right to vote isolates and segregates members of the community. In a society of winners and losers, restricting voting rights creates losers. Voting is a symbol of empowerment. It’s particularly important for people who have lost all their powers to have the ability to stand up for themselves. Imagine you lost your leg and are in a wheelchair; would you rather wheel yourself around, or would you want to be wheeled by someone? In Rhode Island, we built our own movement to get our voting rights back. And the experience of going to people’s houses and having that conversation encouraged me to get back into society and not to hide in a corner.

Source: Brennan Center

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