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College of Liberal Arts
As the number of incarcerated pupils has increased in the United States, so has the number of pupils who cannot vote, due to a felony conviction. This paper is organized, (i) the history of felon voter disenfranchisement, (ii) statistics on state and federal levels, (iii) the collateral consequences of felon voter disenfranchisement, (iv) different perspectives about felon voter disenfranchisement, (v) understanding suspect classification and voting as a fundamental right, (vi) understanding strict scrutiny, (vii) examining past court rulings, (viii) identifying why the United States needs to change its current laws on felon voter disenfranchisement, an (ix) the proposal of a new legal argument. In conclusion, this paper will demonstrate why felon voter disenfranchisement for non-incarcerated pupils is unconstitutional.
Janssen, Miranda Noel, "A Life Sentence: An Evaluation of Voter Disenfranchisement Through a Constitutional Lens" (2019). Departmental Honors Projects. 78.
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