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State Voting Rights Briefs

January 13, 2022
The Sentencing Project is committed to expanding voting rights in every state and works with state partners to provide specific data on state felony disenfranchisement.

In 2020, 5.2 million Americans were banned from voting due to a felony conviction. The Sentencing Project is committed to expanding voting rights in every state and works with state partners to provide specific data on state felony disenfranchisement.

If you are interested in working with The Sentencing Project to expand voting rights in your state, please contact Nicole D. Porter (nporter@sentencingproject.org).

State Felony Disenfranchisement Briefs:

Connecticut: Connecticut Bars 5,400 Citizens From Voting

Almost half of Connecticans disenfranchised due to felony convictions are Black, and 28% are Latinx. To ameliorate this racial injustice and protect its democratic values, Connecticut should restore voting rights to people in prison.

Georgia: Georgia Should Restore Voting Rights to 275,000 Citizens

Georgia denies the vote to its citizens with a felony conviction at almost twice the national rate. Driving Georgia’s high disenfranchisement rate is its community supervision population, which is the largest in the country.

Kentucky: Kentucky Bars 198,000 Citizens from Voting

Despite a gubernatorial executive order in 2019 designed to ease the burden of Kentucky’s lifetime disenfranchisement law for people with felony convictions, the commonwealth still denies the right to vote to more people with a felony conviction than 40 other states.

Minnesota: 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.

New York: New York Bars 30,000 Citizens from Voting

New York should follow the lead of Maine, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC and extend voting rights to all people affected by the criminal legal system, regardless of their current incarceration status.

Tennessee: Tennessee Denies Voting Rights to 450,000 Citizens

Tennessee has the country’s highest rate of disenfranchisement for Latinx Americans and the second highest rate of disenfranchisement for African Americans.

Texas: Texas Should Restore Voting Rights to 500,000 Citizens

The number of Texans denied voting rights due to a felony conviction is larger than the disenfranchised populations of 48 states.

 
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