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State Felon Voting Laws

Chart of State Felon Voting LawsTwo states allow felons to vote from prison
while other states may permanently ban felons from voting even after being
released from prison, parole, and probation, and having paid all their

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Felony disenfranchisement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Felony disenfranchisement **

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*Felony disenfranchisement* is the practice of prohibiting people from
voting (known as disenfranchisement) based on the fact that they have been
convicted of a felony or any other kind of criminal offence. The right to
vote may be temporarily or permanently rescinded during and/or after a
prison sentence.^[1] For the affected individual, there are "collateral
consequences".^[2] Collateral consequences include loss of access to jobs,
housing, and various government programs.^[2] The community to which the
felon returns may be unaware of the collateral consequences to the
community including lower percentages of community members who participate
in the political process through voting.^[1] Opponents have argued that it
restricts and conflicts with principles of universal suffrage.^[3]


· 1 History
· 2 Support
· 3 Criticism
· 4 United States

· 4.1 Constitutionality
· 4.2 Classification

· 4.2.1 Unrestricted
· 4.2.2 Ends after release
· 4.2.3 Ends after parole
· 4.2.4 Ends after probation
· 4.2.5 Circumstantial
· 4.2.6 Individual petitions required

· 5 United Kingdom
· 6 Republic of Ireland
· 7 Other countries
· 8 Felony conviction thresholds affected by inflation
· 9 See also
· 10 References
· 11 External links


The roots of felony disenfranchisement laws can be traced back to ancient
Greek and Roman traditions. Disenfranchisement was commonly imposed on
individuals convicted of "infamous" crimes as part of their "civil death",
whereby these persons would lose all rights and claim to property. Most
medieval common law jurisdictions developed some form of exclusion from the
democratic process, ranging from execution on sight to rejection from
community processes.^[4]


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