HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » Nearly 5.2 Mill Americans...

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 02:57 AM

Nearly 5.2 Mill Americans Will Be Disenfranchised In 2020 Election Due To Felony Convictions, Study

- Voting rights advocates march in Manhattan, New York.

- 'Nearly 5.2 Million Americans Will Be Disenfranchised in 2020 Election Due to Felony Convictions: Study.'- Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states. Common Dreams, Oct. 14, 2020.

Despite reforms in many states aimed at restoring ex-felons' voting rights, an estimated 5.2 million Americans will remain disenfranchised and unable to vote in the 2020 elections, according to a study released Wednesday by The Sentencing Project. "Laws that exclude people from voting have destabilized communities and families in America for decades by denying them a voice in determining their futures."— Amy Fettig, The Sentencing Project

According to the new report released by The Sentencing Project—titled "Locked Out 2020" (pdf)—one out of every 44 U.S. adults is disenfranchised due to current or previous felony convictions. The rate of disenfranchisement is highest in Southern states, the analysis found, where ballot restrictions enacted during the Jim Crow era in order to prevent Black men from voting and holding office remain in effect.

Key findings from the study include:

In 2020, an estimated 5.17 million people are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction, representing a 15% decline since 2016 due to states enacting measures to restore voting rights. There were an estimated 1.17 million people disenfranchised in 1976, 3.34 million in 1996, 5.85 million in 2010, and 6.11 million in 2016.

One in 16 Black Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, a rate 3.7 times greater than that of non-Blacks. Over 6.2% of the adult Black population is disenfranchised, compared to 1.7% of the non-Black population. An estimated 560,000 Latinx Americans, or over 2% of the voting eligible population, are disenfranchised. Approximately 1.2 million women are disenfranchised, comprising over 20% of the total disenfranchised population. The study found significant variations in disenfranchisement rates due to disparate state laws. In three states—Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee—more than 8% of the adult population, or one of every 13 people, has had their right to vote taken away...

.. other democracies around the world—including Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine—allow convicted felons to vote, even while they are incarcerated...


2 replies, 565 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Nearly 5.2 Mill Americans Will Be Disenfranchised In 2020 Election Due To Felony Convictions, Study (Original post)
appalachiablue Oct 16 OP
SWBTATTReg Oct 16 #1
dameatball Oct 16 #2

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 06:06 AM

1. From quick facts I found out, 3% of the US population has had felony convictions (or 19...

million), so having 5.2 million out of a total of 19 million people with felony convictions, roughly a 25% ratio, doesn't really sound too bad in reality. Of course if I was one of the ones that wanted to vote, but had a conviction, then I would be out of luck (of course I don't).

Being that roughly 1/2 of all voters vote in reality, I don't know. Perhaps more efforts should be put into getting everyday people to vote, that don't have convictions etc.? E.g., pick the easier fruit off the tree? Of course all should have voting rights and I don't really think voting should be impacted unless they are convicted of a scheme to steal votes, to steal ballots, to faking ballots, to stealing an election, etc., some type of scheme involving votes, voting, the entire process, then take away their voting rights. Otherwise, leave them alone.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 06:09 AM

2. Amazing times we live in. A serial bankruptcy filer can become President but a convicted felon that

fulfilled the obligations of his/her sentence cannot vote until all debts are paid.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread