The American Bar Association passed a resolution calling for the repeal laws that disenfranchise persons based upon criminal conviction. The full resolution reads as follows:
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to:
a. repeal laws that disenfranchise persons based upon criminal conviction;
b. restore voting rights to those currently and formerly incarcerated, including those on probation, parole, or any other community-based correctional program;
c. assure that no person convicted of crime is disenfranchised because of nonpayment of a fine, court costs, restitution or other financial obligations imposed as a result of a criminal conviction.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association amends the Criminal Justice Standards on Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons (3d Edition, 2004) as follows:
Standards 19-2.6 Prohibited collateral sanctions Jurisdictions should not impose the following collateral sanctions: (a) deprivation of the right to vote.