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Statewide bus tour to register voters

Statewide bus tour to register voters
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Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 18:39:21-04

Two voting rights groups, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Black Voters Matter, are holding a bus tour across Louisiana.

Their goal is to register convicted felons whose voting rights were restored earlier this year.

Last year, formerly incarcerated leaders helped pass Act 636, a major voting rights victory in the history of felony disenfranchisement. The law went into effect on March 1 of this year.

Today, they made stops in Lafayette and Opelousas.

"There are 36 to 40,000 individuals with felony convictions in Louisiana that are eligible to vote so we're trying to get the word out, we're going around the state," said Kelly Garrett.

The voter registration bus tour continues tomorrow in Shreveport and Monroe. And ends in New Orleans on Wednesday.