Restrictive rules keep millions of Americans from voting


Millions of Americans will be barred from casting ballots in Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections due to electoral rules at the state level, which effectively exclude many minority voters to the detriment of Democrats.

Here’s a look at states where these restrictions could impact the poll’s outcome.


1.5 million Floridians disenfranchised

Nearly six million Americans are excluded from voting because they are imprisoned, on parole or awaiting sentencing.

African-Americans, who are over-represented in the US penal system, are four times more likely to be unable to vote than the rest of the population, according to The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organization.

Rules vary widely by state, with some like Maine and New Hampshire allowing inmates to vote.

But in…

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