Voting Rights for Felons

TitleVoting Rights for Felons
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIn ten states, felons are barred from voting even after they’ve served their prison time. This adds up to approximately six million people who would otherwise be eligible to vote—2.5% of the potential voters in the country. Even in states where felons’ right to vote can be restored, suppressive voting rules can make it difficult. In 48 states incarcerated people cannot vote, and in 33 states that extends to those on parole or probation.8 Recently, however, the movement to restore former felons voting rights has been picking up steam.
Notes©2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics   Case from the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competition