Minnesota Legislature moving to restore voting rights for felons upon release from custody
Current law restores the vote after probation, which can last decades
February 6, 2023
The Rev. Brian Herron of Zion Baptist Church in Minneapolis visited the state Capitol last week to urge restoration of voting rights to former felons immediately on their release from prison or jail.
It's a personal cause for Herron. In 2001, he abruptly resigned from his seat on the Minneapolis City Council, pleaded guilty to extortion and went to federal prison for more than a year. The fall was sudden for the council member who seemed to know everyone in his south-central Minneapolis ward.
"It was the most painful thing for me to not be able to vote," Herron said.