Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction

 
 

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Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction

October 14, 2020 | by Chriss Uggen, Ryan Larson, Sarah Shannon, and Arleth Pulido-NavaThe Sentencing Project

The numbers are declining as states put new policies in place, yet an estimated 5.15 million people are unable to vote in the 2020 presidential election—and all other elections—due to having a felony conviction. In a new report, The Sentencing Project takes an in-depth look at how voting restrictions play out across the United States and their disproportionate impact on communities of color. For example, more than 6% of Black adults in the United States are felony disenfranchised, while less than 2% of all other US adults are disenfranchised. For your state’s numbers along with variations over time and among ethnic/racial groups, see the report here.