Voting and Civic Engagement
Nation Outside seeks to change criminal justice policy in Michigan to reduce stigma, to create better conditions in correctional facilities, to end mass incarceration, and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated people in their communities.
Policy reform depends on the VOICES and VOTES of well-informed allies and directly-impacted citizens.
Many people are not aware that in the state of Michigan, individuals with felony convictions can vote as soon as they are released from a correctional facility, and that individuals waiting for trial can request an absentee ballot to be sent to the jail in which they are being held. We encourage all formerly incarcerated people and their families to make sure they are registered to vote and to use their voice in local, state, and federal elections.
Review Michigan election and voter information. Here you can view a sample ballot, verify your voter registration, request an absentee ballot, and find your polling place.
Get Out The Vote Campaign '20
Check out our PSA video below to see how the justice-impacted community spread the word this year that people with felonies can vote in all elections!