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Restoring the Right to Vote

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Erika Wood

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Democracy; Voting After Criminal Conviction; Voting Rights & Elections

Type: Report


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.