Study: 1.5M Felons Denied Right to Vote
A new study by the Sentencing Project shows that 1.5 million felons who have completed their criminal sentences have been denied the right to vote. The laws vary from state to state. 34 states allow convicted felons to vote. 14 provide some sort of prohibition - with 8 providing a total ban. From the report overview:
An estimated 4.7 million Americans are not eligible to vote as a result of felony disenfranchisement laws that apply in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Election laws are determined by each state, and so disenfranchisement laws vary significantly across the country. Persons who are excluded from voting include people currently serving a felony sentence in prison or on probation or parole, as well as persons in 14 states which disenfranchise convicted persons even after completion of sentence.
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