WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced his cosponsorship of the Democracy Restoration Act, legislation that would restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals. The legislation aims to help Americans who have served their time successfully reenter their communities.

“When people leave prison, they are determined to further their education, find jobs, and rebuild their lives,” Brown said. “We should be supporting these efforts instead of keeping them shackled by their past mistakes. The right to vote allows Americans to remain active in their communities – and it is critical to our efforts to reintegrate former prisoners into society.”

According to The Sentencing Project, 5.85 million Americans are disenfranchised due to laws that prohibit citizens with felony convictions from voting. Fifteen states, including Ohio, currently allow individuals released from prison to vote without restriction.