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: