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For Immediate Release:  
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June 15, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General


Tracy Munford
609-341-3235 or 973-504-6341


What are the Voting Rights of Ex-Felons?
NJ Attorney General Hosts Forum to Present the Facts and Information
Forum is Open to Election Officials, Civic & Religious Groups, Ex-Felons & General Public

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On Friday, June, 17th from 9:30am to 12:00pm, New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey will host a forum for the public, law enforcement representatives and election officials to discuss voter rights and responsibilities for ex-felons. The forum will be held at the Music Auditorium, College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing, New Jersey.

The forum is part of the State’s continuing voter education and outreach to encourage qualified citizens to participate in the election process. The forum is part of the “Be Powerful, Be Heard” initiative developed by the office of the Attorney General as a result of the “Help America Vote Act of 2002." The “Be Powerful, Be Heard” initiative is designed to improve voter outreach.

By New Jersey law, ex-felons are eligible to vote; after completing their sentences, and if they are no longer incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. This forum will discuss the law and answer questions about the rights of ex-felons to participate in the voting process.

The forum will include a panel discussion and questions and answers. Participants include Harvey; Markus Green, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Attorney General; Assemblyman Alfred E. Steele; Debbie Mukamal, Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York; Thomas James, Director of Division of Parole, New Jersey State Parole Board; Nancy Fishman, Administrator, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Howard Beyer, Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission; Zenon Quiles; and Carmen Casciano, Essex County Superintendent of Elections; and Zenon Quiles.

For more information about the program, contact Bryan Rusciano at 609-292-6207.


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