Change the South,
Change the Nation



In March 1973, the General Assembly amended NCGS 13-1 to provide for automatic rights restoration, but only after a person with a felony conviction receives an “unconditional discharge” from probation, parole, or post-release supervision. The only three African American members of the General Assembly wanted to restore voting rights as soon as a person was released from prison, but other members of the General Assembly blocked that effort.