Legislation To Be Introduced to Restore Voting Rights to People with Convictions

As a formerly incarcerated person who now leads two successful businesses and works to help people returning from prison develop job and leadership skills, I can tell you that being part of the community and having a voice in the decisions that shape that community is essential to successful rehabilitation and reentry” said Tracey Syphax, an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and a White House “Champion of Change Honoree.

Legislation To Be Introduced to Restore Voting Rights to People with Convictions
Legislators, mayors, & more than 75 organizations support the restoration of voting rights to people on parole, probation, and in prison
WHEN: Monday, February 26 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Statehouse, Room 103, 125 W. State St., Trenton, NJ

RSVP: Please contact Institute Communications Director Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg at  or at 917-273-7088.
On February 26 at 11:00 a.m., Senator Ronald L. Rice, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice will host a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation to end New Jersey’s practice of denying the right to vote to people with criminal convictions. Mayor Ras Baraka (Newark), Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla (Hoboken), Mayor Steve Fulop (Jersey City), Mayor Adrian Mapp (Plainfield), and Mayor Michael Venezia (Bloomfield), along with more than 75 organizations have signed on in support of restoring the right to vote to people with convictions, including those on probation, on parole, or in prison.

Joining Senator Rice, Senator Cunningham, Assemblywoman Sumter, and the Institute at the press conference will be:
• Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla of Hoboken
• Institute CEO and President Ryan Haygood
• League of Women Voters of New Jersey Executive Director Jesse Burns
• NAACP NJ State Conference President Richard Smith
• Rev. Charles Boyer, Bethel AME Church
• ACLU Executive Director Amol Sinha
• Institute Intern Ron Pierce, who is denied the right to vote
• Entrepreneur and author Tracey Syphax
• Institute Associate Counsel Scott Novakowski