CanIvote is a project of CanIexpunge that aims to let people with criminal records know if they are eligible to vote or not. Oftentimes, people with criminal records are incorrectly told that they can no longer vote. In most states, most people with criminal records can still vote, but few resources exist for people to find out if they can vote or not. In many states, non-governmental organizations are actively discouraged from providing information about the voting rights of people who have been convicted of crimes.
It is not just possible, but entirely likely that voter disenfranchisement of people with criminal records has changed the results of multiple elections. In Florida nearly 1 in 4 black people can't vote. Nationally, more than six million people are disenfranchised from voting. We suspect, from anecdotal evidence from family members and friends who believed they couldn't vote, and from reports from organizations that educate people on voting rights, that potentially tens of millions of people may believe they are ineligible to vote or are unsure if they are eligible to vote. According to the FBI, 73.5 million people in the US have a criminal record. That is more than one in three adults.
We will be providing a service called CanIvote to educate people on whether or not they can vote. However, we can't do this alone. Legal professionals, programmers, and designers will all be needed to create this service. Once the service is online, it will need to be advertised and kept up to date. These things cost money. Below is a donation form. If you are passionate about voting rights, we implore you to give a donation today, or to setup a recurring donation, allowing us to provide continuing services in the future.Donation form coming in late January.