When America heads to the polls this November, nearly six million citizens will be barred from voting due to felony convictions, according to a new report from The Sentencing Project, a not-for-profit based in Washington, D.C. More than four million of those banned are not currently incarcerated.
The report uses recent census data on voting age populations and state-level voting policies to estimate “felony disenfranchisement” totals in each state. The report highlights six states in which more than 7 percent of the adult population is denied voting rights: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. In three of those states, Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, more than 20 percent of the African-American population cannot vote.
There are five times as many barred voters nationwide than there were in 1976, when an estimated 1.17 million people couldn't vote because of felony convictions, according to the report.
Read the report here.