Threat to Democracy?

Jeff Manza, Christopher Uggen

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    This chapter considers the impact of felon disenfranchisement on election outcomes. It begins with an overview of the implications of incomplete suffrage rights for democratic practice. It is particularly important to note that felon disenfranchisement constitutes an unusual issue in the post-Voting Rights Act era, in which the question of group impacts becomes a relevant consideration. There is considerable evidence that felon voting restrictions have had a demonstrable impact on national elections. In this sense, rising levels of felon disenfranchisement constitute a reversal of the universalization of the right to vote.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationLocked Out
    Subtitle of host publicationFelon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199943975
    ISBN (Print)9780195149326
    StatePublished - May 24 2012


    • Democratic process
    • Disenfranchised felons
    • Election outcomes
    • Felon disenfranchisement
    • Lost votes
    • Suffrage rights
    • Voting

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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