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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

Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Pastor Brian Herron, a former Minneapolis City Council member, is lobbying for restoration of voting rights to felons. He posed for a picture in his church, Zion Baptist in Minneapolis.

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.


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