Citizens of Mississippi convicted of bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretenses, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, bigamy, murder and rape are permanently deprived of the right to vote.

These ten felonies are laid out in the Mississippi Constitution, and we are one of only ten states that continue to disenfranchise citizens after they have completed their sentences.

Except for murder and rape, which were added to the Constitution in 1968, the other felonies were part of the 1890 Constitution’s overt scheme to deprive African Americans of the right to vote. These restrictions were found alongside literacy tests and poll taxes to…