Restoring the Right to Vote
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice
Author(s): Erika Wood
Keywords: Democracy; Voting After Criminal Conviction; Voting Rights & Elections
Despite a history of expanding the franchise, there remains one significant blanket barrier to the franchise. 5.3 million American citizens are not allowed to vote because of a felony conviction. As many as 4 million of these people live in our communities, but are still denied the right to vote because of a prior conviction.