|Most states restrict the voting rights of citizens who have been|
convicted of felonies. Each of the fifty states has different rules about
who can vote. There is no federal law governing the voting rights of
people who have been convicted of crimes.
In fact, 4.65 million Americans are disenfranchised, and
cannot vote. Depending on the state, people may be barred from
voting until they have finished their prison sentence, probation, or
parole; paid fines; or completed a complicated and often difficult
pardon or clemency process. Only Maine and Vermont allow all
imprisoned citizens to vote.
By Demos. 2005. 4 pages.
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