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Oregon lawmakers consider proposals to allow incarcerated people to vote

Oregon lawmakers areconsidering two bills that would allow prisoners to vote. House Bill 2366 and Senate Bill 571 would restore voting rights to the roughly 12,600 prisoners in custody around the state. The bills would also allow inmates to register to vote in their last place of residence prior to being incarcerated. If passed, Oregon would become the third state in the nation to allow people to vote while incarcerated. The Oregon Justice Resource Center is one of the groups in favor of the bills, and there is no organized opposition. We talk with OJRC Executive Director Bobbin Singh.

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Samantha Matsumoto