Restore Their Votes

48 states have laws preventing 4.4 million Americans from voting. They are formerly incarcerated individuals who have completed their sentences. But they’re also husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, business owners and vital members of communities all over the country. Our billboard campaign will shine a light on the continued injustice of denying them the right to vote.

How to restore your voting rights

Felony disenfranchisement in America

Meet the Faces

Kemba Smith Pradia

In 1994, while a student at Hampton University, Smith-Pradia was sentenced to 24.5 years as an accessory to a nonviolent drug offense and served 6.5 years in federal prison before President Clinton granted her executive clemency in 2000. On October 5, 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia reinstated her right to vote—and as a result, she will be voting in her first Presidential Election. Her voice will be heard in this year's election on all the issues she's advocated for, and will continue to fight for, across the country.

Kemba is a college graduate, law student, mother, wife, foundation president, and advocate for restoration of rights in the U.S. and world.

Contact her via Twitter here: @KembaSmith

Desmond Meade

After a battle with drug and alcohol addiction, Meade was sentenced to 15 years on a felony conviction for a possession of a firearm. His sentence was reduced, and today he is going through the arduous process of restoring his rights in Florida.

Desmond is a college graduate, law student, father, and champion for the restoration of rights in Florida and across the country.

Contact him via Twitter here: @desmondmeade

Jessica Chiaponne

Jessica was incarcerated for a nonviolent drug offense and released from prison over 10 years ago. She has been waiting for the Florida Board of Executive Clemency to restore her right to vote.

Jessica is a college graduate, law school graduate, mother, and advocate for the restoration of rights.