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Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: a Historical Overview
Recent Virginia governors have made strong progress in reforming laws regarding the restitution of voting rights for felons and ex-felons. But the denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions in Virginia and other states still disproportionately affects black citizens.
Felon disenfranchisement’s long history can be traced to 19th century attempts to undercut the voting strength of African Americans, according to the article by civil rights history scholar Helen A. Gibson. She received her M.A. in American history, culture and society at the University of Munich with her recent thesis on “The Role of Race in the History of Felon Disenfranchisement in Virginia.” She received her B.A. in American studies at the University of Virginia...MORE