Friday, August 07, 2020

Taking away the vote

There are an estimated 6 million Americans who cannot vote in the country’s elections because of of felony disenfranchisement, through which a citizen loses their right to vote due to a felony conviction.

 Depending on the state they live in, they might even lose their right to vote permanently, or for years after they are released from prison.  It is actually rare for a democratic country to take away a citizen’s voting rights after they leave prison, let alone forever. Countries like Germany and Denmark allow prisoners to vote while incarcerated, while others restore their rights immediately after release.

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