Why Rand Is Acting on Voting Restrictions: Felons in ME and VT Can Vote From PrisonSubmitted by Chris Souptonutski on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 15:53
If you're in one of the 38 states that allow felons to vote, you may have been confused, as I was, about his recent statements on restoring voting rights for felons generated by the drug war. Kentucky is one of 12 states that can strip voting rights permanently, while Maine and Vermont allow voting from prison.
Two states allow felons to vote from prison while other states may permanently ban felons from voting even after being released from prison, parole, and probation, and having paid all their fines.
The chart below provides links to each state's laws on felon voting and places each US state within one of five categories ranging from harshest (may lose vote permanently) to least restrictive (may vote while in prison). Applications for re-enfranchisement and clemency have been provided for the states which require them.
Felon voting has not been regulated federally although some argue that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be applied to felon disenfranchisement and that Congress has the authority to legislate felon voting in federal elections.
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