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October 31, 2004

A focus on the franchise

Only now a matter of hours away from election day seems like a good time to spotlight again the important sentencing law and policy issue of felon disenfranchisement. I continue to find it remarkable, and remarkably depressing, that an estimated 5,000,000 Americans currently lack the right to vote as a result of a felony conviction. Sadly, of this number, 1.4 million are African American men, and an estimated 1.7 million disenfranchised persons are ex-offenders who have fully completed their sentences.

The Sentencing Project has a collection of links to major felon disenfranchisement media stories here, as well as a wealth of additional materials here. Similarly, Right to Vote provides additional information as part of its campaign to end felony disenfranchisement. And, as I have noted before, my own OSU Moritz College of Law has this great site covering all sorts of election law issues, and here you can find some basic and broad coverage (and lots of links) on the topic of felon disenfranchisement.

October 31, 2004 at 07:15 PM | Permalink

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