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Ex Felon Voting Ban

With Automatic Voter Registration, Illinois Poised to Reduce Recidivism

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Chandra Bozelko

If the Illinois General Assembly passes Senate Bill 2134 - automatic voter registration - it may not increase voter participation as much as anticipated but it could be one of the most effective anti-crime laws in the state.

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Makes It Easier For Ex-Felons To Vote Again | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) took a small but significant step on Tuesday in his ongoing push to restore voting rights for former f...

Samantha Lachman

Attempts To Limit Voting Rights Stunted As Efforts To Enhance Voting Access Prevail | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of state legislatures are adjourning, and supporters of expanded access to the ballot box may be sighing in relief as they see ...

Samantha Lachman

Lawsuit Asks Tennessee To Stop Standing In The Way Of Ex-Felons' Voting Rights | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

A lawsuit filed earlier this year in Tennessee alleges that the state’s election officials are ignoring court orders to restore voting rights for fo...

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Con...

Our So-Called Justice System

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman


Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

Tough Sledding to End the Nation's Disgraceful Felon Voting Bans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Holder did the right thing by attempting to verbally whipsaw the states to play fair with ex-felons and end their disenfranchisement. But for all his good intentions, the fight to end the nation's disgraceful ex-felon vote bans will be tough sledding.

Our Nation has a Secret: Felony Disenfranchisement in America

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

Today, nearly 4.4 million people in America have families, own homes and have even started their own businesses. They are pursuing the American Dream with one exception -- they cannot vote.

Missed Opportunities: Virginia General Assembly Should Have Focused on Improving Virginia Elections

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

The 2012 presidential election taught us that while Virginia has yet to face pervasive "Florida-like" havoc, its elections could use a makeover. Here are five changes the General Assembly could have embraced to ensure open, fair and more efficient elections in 2013.

Former Prisoners Can Vote!

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.06.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Millions of people convicted of felonies will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election. This is a mind-boggling number of people who will be disenfranchised. The most alarming aspect is that many of them are eligible to vote but don't know it.

WATCH: 2 Chainz Teaches Ex-Felons How To Get Their Voting Rights Back

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 10.24.2012 | Black Voices

Some 5.85 million Americans will likely be barred from voting on Nov. 6, not because of voter ID restrictions but because of the myriad laws that dise...

Michael McLaughlin

Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.12.2012 | Crime

A record number of Americans with criminal records cannot vote in what is expected to be a tight presidential election, a new study says. More tha...

The Right to Vote for All

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Millions of people convicted of felonies will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election. This is a mind-boggling number of people who will be disenfranchised.

The New Jim Crow: Social Control, Social Death

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marian Wright Edelman

As Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow clearly shows, our incarceration policies have evolved into a historically punitive form of social control and social death for people of color.

Turning Back the Clock in Florida

Erika Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erika Wood

In less than an hour, Florida Governor Rick Scott denied the right to vote to hundreds of thousands, maybe as many as a million, Florida citizens.

A Dark Day for Democracy in Iowa

Lee Rowland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Rowland

Terry Branstad has revoked a policy signed in 2005 by former Gov. Vilsack that automatically restored voting rights to individuals with criminal convictions once they had completed their sentences.

FL Already a Hotbed of Voting Problems

Shawna Vercher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shawna Vercher

A quick glance at what is currently being reported from across the state: Tampa, FL - Special "Emergency" Ballot Box Created On the Spot All ballots ...

Millions of Ex-Offenders Did Their Time, But Still Can't Vote

Tara Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tara Graham

America has a long history of depriving entire groups of people the right to vote. Before the Civil Rights Act, black citizens were ridiculed, threate...

Why 8 Million (or More) African-Americans are Unregistered

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

By not voting, the critics say, blacks betray the struggle and sacrifice of those who fought and in some cases died for their rights to vote. This guilt laden reprimand is much too simplistic.