New York Times: Who Gets to Vote?

By ERIKA L. WOOD
Next November more than 5 million Americans will not be allowed to vote because of a criminal conviction in their past. Nearly 4 million of these people are not in prison, yet they remain disenfranchised for years, often for decades and sometimes for life.

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Viewpoints: Rigging the 2012 election with new Jim Crow voting laws by E. J. Dionne

As you may know, I am a great supporter of the right to vote. The movement to make voting more difficult frightens me. Dionne’s editorial makes the movement clear: “An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper.

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