Do Felon Voter Disenfranchisement Laws Weaken Our Democracy?


Felony disenfranchisement takes away the ability to vote for more than five million Americans. While the majority of states prohibit currently-incarcerated felons and those on probation from voting, most states remove restrictions on the ability of felons to vote after they have completed serving their sentence.  

In 2011, however, executive action by the governors of Iowa and Illinois effectively reinstituted permanent disenfranchisement policies, joining Virginia and Kentucky in permanently disenfranchising felons. What rationale supports requiring felons to “earn” the right the vote after having completed their sentences? What links does felony enfranchisement have with efforts to combat recidivism? Is there significance in the disproportionate impact felony disenfranchisement laws have on the African American community?

Join ACS, BLSA, and Professor Cedric Powell this Tuesday, October 16, at noon, to discuss these issues and how they laws impact Kentucky and democracy as a whole.  Free pizza from Papalinos.