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Should Felons Be Able to Vote?

Many Indiana residents went to the polls on Tuesday to exercise a key privilege and responsibility granted to those fortunate enough to live in a democracy: the right to vote. However, not everyone was able to go make their voices heard. Up until April 20th, there were four states where anyone convicted of a felony was permanently disenfranchised from voting, and six where some or most convicts are banned. However, the number of states with automatic bans has now dropped to three. Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, recently signed an order that restored voting rights to 200,000 ex-cons – not in time for Virginia’s primary, but for the general election in November.

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