The right to vote has long been considered as one of the most essential components of democracy (1). Throughout the course of American history, the literal and symbolic power of the vote has compelled countless groups to fight for their right to franchise, shape their communities and enhance civic inclusion. Despite the importance of the vote, individuals convicted of a felony continue to be systematically denied the right to franchise on a larger scale. Compared with other democracies, the United States is “virtually the only democratic country in the world to disenfranchise large numbers of former felons and current felons…

Ana Charco

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