Securing felons' voting rights in America

Gray, Anthony (2014) Securing felons' voting rights in America. Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy, 16 (1). pp. 3-31. ISSN 1086-6620

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This article considers the current law in several of the United States that denies the right to vote to ex-felons. This law impacts disproportionately on African-American individuals, and has unfortunate historical links with racially motivated franchise restrictions. I argue here that the right to vote should be extended to ex-felons, and that denial of the vote to a section of the community in such a manner should be constitutionally impermissible, in line with comparable positions elsewhere.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The author assigns to Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository all copyright in the article, subject to the following personal-use exception:Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment.(
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 03 May 2014 07:41
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: franchise, voting rights, African-American, felon, prisoner
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940202 Electoral Systems

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