One in Thirteen African Americans Have Lost Their Right to Vote
Date:  10-07-2014

And some folks would like to keep it that way
Because of felony disenfranchisement 5.8 million people will not be able to cast their votes in upcoming elections. For some, they will never be able to vote again for the rest of their lives.

According to Vox:

  • 48 states do not allow people convicted of felonies vote while they are in prison (Maine and Vermont are the exceptions)

  • 35 states do not let people on parole vote

  • 31 states don’t let someone who is on probation vote, even though they might not have been incarcerated for their crime

  • 4 states (as of 2012) had a lifetime ban on voting for those with a felony conviction

    But, perhaps the most alarming statistic is that one in thirteen African Americans cannot vote, due to felony disenfranchisement. In comparison, felony disenfranchisement affects one in fifty-six white Americans.

    Since most African Americans vote as Democrats it can be inferred that some conservative Republicans would like to see felony disenfranchisement continue. The outcome of elections if 5.8 million more votes could be included would seem to make Democratic candidates for office a shoo-in to win.

    But, all Republicans are not proponents of felony disenfranchisement. An article in Reentry Central on October 8, 2013 linked to a New York Times piece that asked if Rand Paul was a prisoner’s best friend because he was in favor of restoring voting rights to felons, among other progressive ideas. Certainly other Republicans agree with Paul's views.

    To see Vox’s maps on felony disenfranchisement rates in each state and the rate of African Americans who are disenfranchised in each state click here.