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Leah Aden in Fusion: Felony Disenfranchisement Laws Are Part of History of Excluding People of Color from Political Process

Friday, August 19, 2016

These people had their voting rights restored and then yanked away again

Leah Aden, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, says that after 2008, people of color participated in the electoral process in record numbers; black and brown voters in most age groups vote Democrat. This may influence why some legislators don’t have the appetite for supporting restoration laws, Aden says.

“There are certain people in the country who know the country is changing demographically and they are doing everything in their power [to take away people’s right to vote], from photo ID laws to redistricting schemes to upholding these felony disenfranchisement laws to limit political opportunity,” Aden says. “These felony disenfranchisement laws are part of that history of excluding rather than including people of color from the political process.”

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