IV. Research and Report Summaries
6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016, October 6, 2016, Christopher Uggen, Ryan Larson, and Sarah Shannon, The Sentencing Project: This update of previous research on those who are prohibited from voting due to a current or previous felony conviction finds:
- As of 2016, an estimated 6.1 million people are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. In 1976 there were an estimated 1.17 million people disenfranchised, 3.34 million in 1996, and 5.85 million in 2010. In 2016 this means1 of every 40 adults is disenfranchised due to a current or previous felony conviction.
- More than half of those who are prohibited from voting are from twelve states where people are barred from voting after having completed their sentences.
- In six states – Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia – more than 7 percent of the adult population is disenfranchised.