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electionlineWeekly — October 13, 2016

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IV. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project management specialist with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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.