I never thought I could because of my felony record. I’m proud to finally vote,’’ Tyson said in a tweet.
The legendary boxer faced charges of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct in 1992 leading to his conviction. He served 3 years in prison and later got released. The conviction, however, left Mike Tyson stripped of his right to vote.
Felons are ruled ineligible to vote by many laws in the United States. Over 6 million Americans accounting for 2.5% of the voting population didn’t vote in 2016 due to felony records.
A research group called The Sentencing Project, however, advocates for improvements to the criminal justice system.
Over the past few years, a movement toward restoring voting rights to convicted felons has grown on a state-by-state basis. Nevada, Tyson’s home state signed a law to restore voting rights to all persons convicted of a felony upon release in 2019.
This will therefore allow the boxing legend to participate in this year’s election and many more to come.
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