February 11, 2019

Six million former offenders denied right to vote

Business Insider - An estimated 6.1 million American adults were not allowed to vote in the 2016 election because they had a felony conviction on their record.

This disenfranchisement affects an estimated one in 40 adult Americans, or 2.5% of the total US voting-age population, according to The Sentencing Project, a group that advocates criminal-justice reform.

That number is greater than the entire population of Missouri, and it's the largest single group of American citizens who are barred by law from participating in elections.

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