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Neema Trivedi Biography

Former Research Associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“[I]n Arizona, ex-offenders who have completed all other terms of their sentence for a first conviction, including prison, parole and probation terms, cannot participate in the political process unless they pay their legal financial obligations.

In part because of these post-sentence restrictions, more than 175,000 Arizona citizens will be unable to vote on Election Day because of a felony conviction. More than 140,000 of those individuals have done their time in prison but are still unable to vote when they re-enter society….

Like its historical predecessor, the poll tax, this law disproportionately impacts low-income voters and people of color.”

“Ease Ex-Offenders’ Voting Restrictions,” Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 9, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Associate, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, 2005-2006
  • Staff, Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), 2005-2006
  • Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, appointed by the President, Yale University, 2005
  • Minority Advisory Committee, Yale University, 2004
  • Present, Law Student, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Yale University, 2005
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Have to Pay All Fines, Fees, and Restitutions Related to Their Conviction before Regaining Their Vote?