Although the least powerful, where prisoners are tallied in census numbers every ten years can sway political power in the United States.
Felon Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
Felony disenfranchisement, determined separately by each state, is the practice of prohibiting people from voting based on the fact that they have been convicted of a criminal offence. Felon voting rights remain a controversial reform among many. Also see our section on American democracy and our Voter Access articles.
Eleven states have now pledged to using data on former prisoner home addresses to locate them for the purposes of gerrymandering.
Connecticut Senate Bill 1202 amends a prior law requiring felons to complete their parole before being permitted to vote again.
New York has joined 18 other states in enacting legislation that automatically restores voting rights to those who served jail time.
Bills expanding voting rights have been introduced in many states to tackle felon disenfranchisement which mostly affects blacks.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed bill Wednesday restoring voting rights for Washington state parolees as soon as they are come out of jail.
If a March 11 bill becomes law, people with felony convictions in Iowa with commuted terms will be able to vote again automatically.
New report shows Mississippians who complete their jail terms should have a straightforward path to regaining their voting rights.
In addition to citizens on probation, advocates now want Connecticut legislators to extend voting rights to people on parole as well.
Washington State House voted to restore voting rights to thousands with past criminal convictions who are on probation and parole.