17 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 26, 2019
The article, which is part of a symposium on voting rights, discusses felon disenfranchisement. The large number of those disenfranchised because of a criminal conviction reflects a confluence of the growth in the criminal justice impacted population during the last three decades and exclusionary voting laws. Even though many states have relaxed their exclusionary laws, the impact remains stark and disproportionate. Individuals who have lost voting rights are excluded from full citizenship, and communities are denied their voice in elections. Retrenchment of exclusionary laws may continue. Yet, at the same time other ways to deny the suffrage to those who have run afoul of laws will continue.
Keywords: felon, voting, voting rights, disenfranchisement, crime, criminal, conviction, voting laws, elections
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