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More than 5 million people with felony convictions can't vote in this year's election, advocacy group finds

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An estimated 5.1 million people across the US won't be able to vote in the 2020 election due to a felony conviction, a new study from the Sentencing Project found.

(CNN)An estimated 5. 1 million people across the US won't be able to vote in the 2020 election due to a felony conviction, a new study from the Sentencing Project found.

And that comes even as half of US states have in the past 25 years moved to change their laws and policies to expand voting rights, the project said.

In Maine, Vermont and the District of Columbia, people with felony convictions don't lose the right to vote, even while they're behind bars, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In some states, people with felony convictions can lose their voting rights indefinitely for some crimes, according to the NCSL.

Felony disenfranchisement rates are highest in Southern states, where voting restrictions that aimed to limit the political power of Black men were passed during the Jim Crow era, the project said.

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