UPDATES: Disenfranchising Felons from Voting

Our April 20 post discussed how state laws often work to permanently disenfranchise felons and ex-felons from voting, sometimes for life. On May 11, the New York Times published an article on the growing movement to restore ex-felons’ right to vote. An excerpt: 

Most states curb the voting rights of former felons to some degree; an estimated six million people nationwide are barred from voting because of felony convictions. But a number of states are now considering whether to get rid of the disenfranchisement laws that block felons from the polls.

Read the entire article here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/us/voting-rights-felons.html

ALSO: The Louisiana Senate approved a bill that would allow people on parole and probation for felonies to vote after a five-year waiting period.

Read the entire article here:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/louisiana-felon-disenfranchisement-voting-rights_us_5afc9888e4b06a3fb50d46cc?ncid=APPLENEWS00001

Our original post (April 20):  https://wordpress.com/post/voxfairfax.com/371



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