WHEREAS, the NAACP is the largest and oldest civil rights organization and has advocated for voting rights for all citizens in our society; and
WHEREAS, 5.3 million Americans are presently disenfranchised due to a felony conviction; and
WHEREAS, approximately 2 million ex offenders who are barred from voting have completed their sentences; and
WHEREAS, 13 percent of African American men over the age of 18 are presently disenfranchised due to a felony conviction; and
WHEREAS, states are moving to restore the right to vote to people with a felony conviction; and
WHEREAS, restoring the right to vote strengthens our democracy by increasing voter participation and helps to integrate ex-offenders back into society.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP reaffirms its support for reform policies and practices that promote the automatic enfranchisement of ex offenders who have completed all of the terms and conditions of their sentences including voting, education, housing rights, professional licensure, jury and civic engagement participation; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP will partner with organizations and individuals to promote a far reaching effort that is focused on restoring ex-offenders' voting rights.