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Fact Sheet

Minnesota Should Restore Voting Rights to 65,000 Citizens

Minnesota denies the vote to more of its people with a felony conviction than most other states in the Upper Midwest.

Related to: Voting Rights, Racial Justice, State Advocacy

Over 55,000 Minnesotans are currently locked out of our democracy, representing 1.3% of the state’s voting eligible population. Minnesota denies the vote to more of its people with a felony conviction than three other states in the Upper Midwest. People of color are disproportionately impacted, with Black Minnesotans disenfranchised at over four times the state rate. Latinx Minnesotans are disenfranchised at nearly twice the state rate. Historically, “Jim Crow” felony disenfranchisement laws—like Minnesota’s—were used to dilute the power and voice of the Black community.

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About the Authors

  • Kristen M. Budd, Ph.D.

    Research Analyst

    Kristen M. Budd, Ph.D., has an academic and research background in the social and legal responses to interpersonal violence with a focus on crimes of a sexual nature. She has conducted research on public perceptions of sex offenses and corresponding laws and criminal justice practice as well as patterns and predictors of sex offense behavior and victimization.

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  • Kevin Muhitch

    Research Fellow

  • Whitney Threadcraft, Ph.D.

    Research Fellow

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