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Barred from the Ballot Box

In today's New York's primary, more than 100,000 people are banned from voting because of felony convictions. VICE News meets a man trying to reclaim his voting rights, and an organization fighting to change the law.

by VICE News
Apr 20 2016, 4:01am

In this year's US presidential election, there will be 6 million people banned from the ballot box because they have felony convictions. Almost half of these people aren't currently incarcerated, and are taxpaying citizens who are on parole or probation. In New York, felons get their voting rights back after they complete parole, but those with life on parole will never be able to vote again.

VICE News spends time with Steven Johnson, a man who has a parole life sentence, as he educates his fellow parolees about their voting rights, and is fighting to get the law changed in New York.

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