CanIvote is a project of the Rights Restoration Project 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.
The first mission of CanIvote is to distribute literature based off of the data compiled by Campaign Legal for their project, Restore Your Vote, where anybody in the US with a criminal record can check if they can vote. We will be publishing designs for posters and other material on this website over the next several months, as we create them.Donation form coming soon.