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A new law restores voting for the formerly incarcerated. Minnesota is spreading the word in prisons.

State officials estimate the change will affect 55,000 people

Behind a 22-foot-high granite wall and layers of metal security gates, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon ran through the state's voter registration rules and how to cast a ballot absentee before Election Day.

His audience: more than a dozen people incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud who will soon be released and can vote in the November election under a new state law.

"The minute you step out of here, you get your right to vote back," Simon told the group, all part of the facility's reentry program.


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