Felony voting rights

About 4.65 Million Americans have lost their right to vote due to felony disenfranchisement laws.

In most states, once somebody is convicted of a felony, their right to vote disappears for a long period of time, sometimes permanently long after the full sentence has been served. As of 2005, 48 states and DC so some degree, restrict or deny felons the right to vote. Convicts who are on parole are banned from voting in 35 states. in 4 states including Florida, the loss of voting rights is permanent for ex-felons. Florida is one of the strictest in the nation. Some states and Florida may restore voting rights although through a lengthy and difficult pardon, appeal, or clemency process.

14 states currently allow felons on parole to cast ballots. Only 4 states: Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Kentucky – permanently bar voting by ex-offenders unless they successfully seek restoration. Only 2 states Vermont and Maine have no felony voting laws. In these 2 states, a person can even vote from inside prison.

There is no Federal law governing who can vote.

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