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By Ben Botkin
Oklahoma Watch 

After prison, many Oklahomans are banned from voting for years


For Robin Wertz, the wait will be long before she can cast a ballot at an Oklahoma polling place.

Wertz, who runs a nonprofit center in Oklahoma City that helps people transition from prison back into society, is prohibited from voting in any election until 2024. That’s in spite of the fact that she has been out of prison for 11 years, works full-time, has never re-offended and can travel abroad with no restrictions.

“I’ve never even received a traffic ticket,” Wertz said of her time since leaving prison. “It’s like I’m still being punished.”

Wertz, 54, is among the tens of...

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