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Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy

Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen

Abstract

5.4 million Americans—one in every forty voting age adults—are denied the right to participate in democratic elections because of a past or current felony conviction. In several American states, one in four black men cannot vote due to a felony conviction. In a country that prides itself on universal suffrage, how did the United States come to deny a voice to such a large percentage of its citizenry? What are the consequences of large-scale disenfranchisement—both for election outcomes, and for public policy more generally? This book exposes one of the most important, yet little known, threats ... More

Keywords: democratic elections, felony conviction, universal suffrage, disenfranchisement, racial factors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Manza, author
Northwestern University

Christopher Uggen, author
University of Minnesota

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