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And, she points out, under the Voting Rights Act, the issue is not whether you intended to disenfranchise people, but what is the result.
In fact a report released last January by the Sentencing Project noted the disturbing fact that one in seven black men in America cannot vote because of laws that disenfranchise convicts and ex-cons.
Nine other states disenfranchise felons for life: Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wyoming.
And one of the consequences of the war on drugs, since all but four states permanently disenfranchise felons, is that 14 percent of African American males are disenfranchised and up to 30 percent in some Southern states.