(Video: Produced by Julianne Hill, Music by King Moosa & SC)
A patchwork of state laws in the U.S. might make it confusing for anyone with a criminal record to know if they have the right to vote in their home state.
In Chicago, rapper King Moosa, whose given name is Brian Harrington, works with the Fully Free Campaign to spread the word to other people who have been impacted by the criminal legal system about their rights to vote.
In recent years, advocates at Chicago Votes worked to pass laws ensuring people held in jails across the state are able to both register and vote in elections. One of those laws, SB 2090, also made Cook County Jail the first jail in the country to serve as a polling place.
The group also passed HB 2541, which ensured a civics education is taught in prison before inmates are released.
When people are incarcerated in Illinois prisons, they cannot vote until they are released and re-registered to vote. Chicago Votes is advocating for Senate Bill 828, which would restore voting rights to people during their incarceration.
The Illinois State Board of Elections has more on voting in the state and how to register.