This table from The Sentencing Project shows the different levels of voting rights restoration in states across the country. Where does your state fall?
Get the facts: Who is affected when states disenfranchise people who have committed crimes?
- 5.85 million Americans. 75% of the people who have lost the right to vote because of incarceration are not actually incarcerated - most are people who are on parole, probation, or have completed their sentences.
- 2.6 million people living and working in our communities who have completed their sentences, and are no longer on parole or probation. In states that disenfranchise people who have completed their sentences, as many as 40% of African American men could permanently lose the right to vote.
- 2.2 million or 1 in 13 African Americans. In Florida, Virginia, and Kentucky - three of four states that permanently disenfranchise anyone convicted of a felony - about 1 in 5 African Americans is disenfranchised, and 3 in 10 of African American boys and young men can expect to be disenfranchised at some point in their lifetime.
- All Americans affected by the presidential election in 2000 or the 7 Senate races from 1970 to 1998 that might have been different if more previously incarcerated people had the right to vote. When some voices are excluded from the political process, we all miss out.
Restoring the right to vote to previously incarcerated people helps our communities as a whole. One study shows that 27% of non-voters were rearrested, compared to 12% of voters. Civic engagement is a key piece of the conditions we need to develop to help reduce crime and send fewer people to prison.
Check out our state profiles to learn more about voting rights restoration across the country below: