WATCH: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights

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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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