We couldn’t call ourselves a democracy if we disenfranchised 30% of Philadelphia’s adult citizens – more than one in every four. That’s how many “ex-offender”, “previously convicted”, “returning citizens” live in Philadelphia. Almost 300,000.
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.
I was delighted to read US Senator Rand Paul’s recent headline-grabbing plea to his fellow Republicans to stop “going crazy on this voter ID thing” and his explicit support for voting rights for convicted felons. It’s a win for democracy.
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