Felony disenfranchisement and the South’s lost voters | Facing South

A report from the Sentencing Project documents how many people will be unable to vote in this election due to state laws barring people with felony convictions from voting — even after they’ve done their time.

Some tidbits…

If state laws were changed to restore voting rights for people on probation or parole who are currently supervised in their communities — principles most Americans endorse — percent of those currently disenfranchised whose voting rights would be restored: 77

Number of states where more than 1 in 5 African Americans has been disenfranchised: 4

Of those 4 states, percent in the South: 100**

and

Number of votes that separated presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore in Florida in 2000: 537

I don’t want to hear anything else about how black or Latinx voters who decide to vote third party or have decided not to vote for whatever reason are THE reason Clinton will lose and Trump will win. If Clinton loses, there are many reasons why and almost all of them are structural.

Source: INSTITUTE INDEX: Felony disenfranchisement and the South’s lost voters | Facing South

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