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Locked OutFelon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy$
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Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.001.0001

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A Threat to Democracy?

A Threat to Democracy?

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(p.181) 8 A Threat to Democracy?
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Locked Out
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Jeff Manza

Christopher Uggen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0047

This chapter considers the impact of felon disenfranchisement on election outcomes. It begins with an overview of the implications of incomplete suffrage rights for democratic practice. It is particularly important to note that felon disenfranchisement constitutes an unusual issue in the post-Voting Rights Act era, in which the question of group impacts becomes a relevant consideration. There is considerable evidence that felon voting restrictions have had a demonstrable impact on national elections. In this sense, rising levels of felon disenfranchisement constitute a reversal of the universalization of the right to vote.

Keywords:   felon disenfranchisement, voting, disenfranchised felons, lost votes, election outcomes, suffrage rights, democratic process

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