Felons have continued to face hurdles in voting. Now formerly incarcerated face financial obstacles to voting in some 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.
Blocks for felons to vote have been a major concern in US elections. While more and more felons can vote these roadblocks remain.
Mike Bloomberg’s voting rights plan is to prevent voter suppression on the basis of inactivity, restore felon voting rights and add more federal observers.
In Kentucky people like Ryan Young who were convicted have had their voting rights restored thanks to new legislation. This is happening in more States.
Kentucky on December 12 and New Jersey on December 18, through executive order and legislation, respectively, expanded voting rights for convicted felons.
Attorneys for 17 Florida residents argue they can register to vote after they finish their prison sentence, and complete parole or probation. Not so, says the Republican governor.
Tuesday, a Mississippi Federal Appeals Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of state laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting.
Clifford Tyson’s story tells of the challenges many Americans are facing due to harsh, and in many respects, undemocratic laws on felon voting.
Members of the Florida clan of the Trump political dynasty insist Amendment 4 backers lied to get voters to approve restoring voting rights for many former felons who complete the terms of their sentences.
Governor signs a 2019 law, which was passed in a party-line vote by the Republican-controlled state Legislature. It requires returning citizens to pay all fees, fines and restitution ordered by a judge before they can register to vote.