A bill that seeks to restore voting rights for certain felons is drawing diverse support from groups including the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office. Sen. Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, presented the bill Thursday in the Assembly Corrections, Parole, and Probation Committee. He said data from 2010, the most recent available, shows that about 4 percent of Nevada’s voting-age population is ineligible to do so.
Ford said that number is disproportionately made up of those in poverty and people of color.
“We have right-leaning organizations and left-leaning organizations sitting right next to each other, advocating on behalf of something that frankly is a bipartisan issue, and has been becoming one more and more over the course of the last few years,” he said.