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The Laws That Are Blocking 1 in 5 African Americans From Voting

An estimated 5.8 million Americans are prohibited from voting because they have criminal records.
The laws that block ex-felons from the right to vote range state by state. Some individuals that have lost their right to vote have committed serious crimes but in several states a misdemeanor would block you from the voting booth. The issue gained national attention last week when Attorney General Eric Holder called the laws “unnecessary and unjust.” Take a look at the stats below for more details on who’s disproportionately affected by the nation’s current sentencing laws:

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