*According to a recently released study by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, state disenfranchisement laws weaken African American political power by prohibiting convicted felons from voting.

The report found that more than a million and a half Black men are currently prevented from voting because of the laws. That number represents 13 percent of all Black adult men.

The report is entitled “Free the Vote: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets.” Basically, disenfranchisement laws bar a convicted felon from voting even after he or she has completed their prison sentence.

Nationwide, nearly 5.3 individuals fall victim to these laws. Of that number, 2 million are African American men and women.

This means that 38 percent of the persons barred from voting because of past felonies are Black. (source: Taylor Media Services)