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Felony Disenfranchisement

Concealed Handgun Laws -- (Fire)Power to the People?

SpearIt | Posted 11.18.2015 | Crime

The proliferation of gun laws that permit civilians to carry a concealed firearm triggers many important questions. For starters, what are the social effects of more citizens packing more heat?

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.

Return the Right to Vote to 'Missing Men'

Allegra Chapman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Allegra Chapman

Men and women who have completed their sentences are expected to return to work, pay their taxes, and become accountable to their communities. Resuming one's civic right and responsibility is part of that process, and denial of the right to vote is not only undemocratic but also self-defeating.

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...

Lydia O'Connor

California's Former Prisoners Often Don't Know They Can Vote, Study Finds | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

With severe overcrowding, abuse allegations and controversial sentencing laws, California’s prison system is a knotty political topic that often app...

Our So-Called Justice System

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman


'Felons, Not Families' Oversimplifies a Complex Reality

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.

5.85 Million People Who Can't Vote But Can They Still Complain?

Marlon Peterson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Marlon Peterson

In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?

Citizens United? Latinos, Blacks, Wage Earners and All of Us

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.

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...

A Silver Lining From the Chief Justice

John R. Burbank | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
John R. Burbank

There is a jewel in the crown of Chief Justice Roberts' binding opinion that opens the flood gates for the wealthy to further fund political campaigns. It is jewel that people who believe in democracy (as opposed to plutocracy) should seize forthrightly.

Felony Disenfranchisement Laws Have a Long, Shameful History

Tomas Lopez | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Tomas Lopez

Last month, the Kentucky House passed a bill that could reach many of the more than 180,000 citizens there who cannot currently vote, a figure that would make up the state's third-largest city.

Emily Swanson

Even Felons Shouldn't Lose The Vote Forever, Americans Say | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Eleven states strip some former prisoners of their right to vote forever. But most Americans don't support such a punishment even for felons, accordin...

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.

Obama Administration Calls to Restore Felons Voting Rights

Anthony Papa | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

When I was released from prison after serving 12 years under the Rockefeller drug laws, I had no clue about my eligibility to cast a vote. As someone who has always advocated for the reform of felony disenfranchisement laws, I was elated to see Attorney General Eric Holder step forward on the issue.

The Top 5 Voting Rights Moments of 2013

Penda D. Hair | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Texas waited just two hours after the ruling to announce that the state would begin enforcing its voter ID law. The U.S. Department of Justice hit back with lawsuits against both measures, showing the Supreme Court's ruling does not mean that it's open season on voters.

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.

The Muslim Vote: Down by Law

SpearIt | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics

With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for Muslim-Americans.

The Missing Black Voters

Marc Mauer | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime
Marc Mauer

Unaccounted in the Census Bureau estimates are the 5.8 million adults who are ineligible to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction.

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Holdover from the Jim Crow Era

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.26.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Last week, the Delaware State legislature approved a constitutional amendment to allow people with nonviolent felony convictions to vote after their release from prison. This is a major step forward for a nation still struggling to heal old racial wounds.

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.

The Voter Suppression We Ignore at Democracy's Peril

Ben Jealous | Posted 01.05.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

To date, nearly six million formerly-incarcerated Americans are disenfranchised. This is a massive injustice, to be sure, but the real story is that these felony disenfranchisement laws that target former offenders are being enforced in 2012 in key states where they were not in 2008.

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.

Dan Froomkin

How Do You Disenfranchise 1 In 8 Black Men? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

State laws that ban convicted felons from voting are having the unintentional (or is it intentional?) effect of disenfranchising one in eight African-...