On Tuesday, November 8, Connecticut residents went to the polls to make their voices heard. But 5,400 citizens in our state are unable to vote – for races and important issues affecting their families and communities – due to criminal convictions.
Connecticut, unlike two other New England states, denies the right to vote to people currently incarcerated for crimes, a population that is 71% black or Hispanic. Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain, New London, Bridgeport and New Haven are particularly affected by this outdated law. These cities contain only 17% of the state’s total population, but are home to over 50% of the state’s incarcerated population. The political power of these communities has decreased in state, congressional and state legislative elections as thousands of local voters are barred from voting.