WATCH: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights


Bipartisan support is growing for the Democracy Restoration Act to restore rights to the millions of American citizens who have lost their right to vote because of a past criminal conviction.

The Democracy Restoration Act, based on a 2009 Brennan Center for Justice proposal, was the subject of a recent panel discussion, in which U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and others discussed ways to bring more of those citizens back into our democracy.

Other panelists included:

“The biggest impediment to both voting and getting a job is having a criminal record,” Paul, who introduced his own bill, the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act of 2014, in June, said.

The panel discussion was co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU.

For an FAQ on the Democracy Restoration Act, click here.

Want to check out the video? Watch the video here.

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