Formerly incarcerated adults face financial barriers to restoring their voting rights in 30 states, according to a new study.
Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic and the Campaign Legal Center found that eight states “explicitly” require the payment of fines and fees in order to restore voting rights, while 20 implicitly require it. Two additional states require fine and fee payment for clemency eligibility.
Researchers said the financial requirements amount to a “modern poll tax.”
Poll taxes were often enacted during the Jim Crow era to prevent African Americans from voting. The practice was outlawed in the 1960s.
The states that explicitly require formerly incarcerated individuals to pay fines and fees to vote are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Washington.
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