Unlocking the Vote

Jeff Manza, Christopher Uggen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter considers a range of policy and political proposals for reenfranchisement. It suggests that the key long-term reforms require reconsideration of all voting restrictions on disenfranchised felons. The issue can be broken down into three separate questions: restoring voting rights for people who have completed their entire sentence (exfelons); restoring voting rights for people who remain under supervision of the criminal justice system on probation or parole, but live in their communities (nonincarcerated felons); and restoring voting rights for currently incarcerated felons.

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


  • Disenfranchised felons
  • Felon disenfranchisement
  • Reenfranchisement
  • Right to vote
  • Voting restrictions
  • Voting rights


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