Advocacy Stories

Prop 17 Impact

It’s election day! The polls are open and we encourage everyone, especially our system-impacted community members, to cast your vote. As voters flock to the polls we want to highlight our community members on parole, many of whom will be voting for the first time this election as a result of Prop 17 passing last year, restoring their right to vote.

Jeremy

First up is ARC Member, Jeremy.

“When I was inside, I knew because of my record I wouldn’t be able to vote. I couldn’t speak up for myself. Now that I can vote because of Prop 17, I can help my community by voting. Now I’m part of the community, and I finally have a say.”

Mark Taylor

Next we want to highlight ARC Life Coach Mark Taylor and his story of voting for the first time.

“For the first time in my life, I feel like I have a voice because, for the first time in my life, I was able to exercise my right to vote. I will vote in every local, state, and federal election because I have a deep appreciation for what is at stake. We, the people, can overcome any national challenge we face if we, the people, exercise our right to vote and steer our country in the right direction”

Pamela Johnson

Last, but certainly not least, is ARC Life Coach Pamela Thompson.

Pamela was able to vote YES on Prop 17 last year and restore the right to vote for nearly 50,000 community members just like her. Read about the excitement Pam still experiences when voting, when casting her voice to be counted in the community.

“I voted for the second time and still had excitement! Voting is important to me and my community because we have been disenfranchised for so long. I feel like I can really exercise my constitutional rights. Activating my political power is important to me because I never had any power that could make a difference in a positive manner”

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