Right now, 11 states, mostly in the south and midwest, permanently ban felons from voting in elections. Massachusetts and New Hampshire restore voting rights to felons after they serve their sentence.
“Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans – 5.8 million of our fellow citizens – are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions,” said Holder. “By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.”
Holder added the voting restrictions have a disproportionate impact on minorities. Nearly 38 percent of those affected are black.
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