Law by Law, Felons Vote

The fifteenth amendment to the Constitution makes it crystal clear.

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

Disenfranchizing felons is a moral travesty, and could be unconstitutional. If this happens anywhere, any time, then our democracy is in jeopardy. Most felons are not really a danger to society, yet they are excluded from housing, employment, and (in some states) the right to vote.

Green states restore voting rights as soon as you step out of jail, and pink states restore voting rights after parole is complete. Bear in mind, a felon could be on parole for 8 years, so this is not a perfect solution, but it's better than nothing. Red states don't restore voting rights at all, unless you jump through a lot of hoops, and even then it is at the discretion of a review board.

map of states where felons can vote

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