Includes cartoon infographic
By Andy Warner
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. As voters across the country head to the polls today in the first national Election Day since the court’s momentous decision, it’s worth explaining what exactly the Voting Rights Act is, how it came to be, and how the court’s recent decision will alter the law. This cartoon infographic is the first in a three-part illustrated series on voting rights in America. To view as a slideshow, click the link below. Continue reading
In California, felons serving time in prison or county jail are denied their right to vote. So too are ex-felons who have served their prison terms but are still on parole.That amounts to a fairly significant population – many thousands of California residents – who have temporarily lost their right to vote as a result of criminal convictions.
(Most inmates in county jail awaiting trial or serving time for a misdemeanor, or who are on probation, can still vote, according to the California Secretary of State’s voting guide for current and former inmates).
And this raises an important question: is voting a privilege that should be denied to people who commit crimes, or is it an inalienable right? Continue reading