Sid Salter: Ex-cons in state unlikely to gain voting rights

Estimates of Mississippi’s disenfranchised felons are as high as 182,000, and it is believed that 60 percent of that total is comprised of African-Americans.

Mississippi is one of 11 states (Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee and Wyoming) that most pervasively restrict the voting rights of felons even after prison, parole, probation and post-sentence obligations have been satisfied. There have been scattered efforts over the last 20 years seeking to change Mississippi’s felony disenfranchisement laws, but such efforts have failed in rather spectacular fashion…

…The likelihood of Mississippi’s laws changing on this issue any time soon would best be characterized as slim and none.

Clarion Ledger
4/27/16