Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thompson Library, Room 165
The Center for Ethics and Human Values' 2016-17 COMPAS Program on Inequality presents
"Persistence and Change in Felon Voting Restrictions"
Abstract: A half‐dozen defendants sat in the courtroom, all described as “model probationers” living and working in Minneapolis. But they were facing new felony and the atmosphere was tense. Their crime? Illegal voting. They did not sell their votes or stuff the ballot box, they simply arrived at their polling place and cast ballots like so many of us did. Their new felony charges arose because in 30 US states it is illegal to vote while serving a probation sentence in the community. This talk will review research and policy developments in felon disenfranchisement law and policy. After addressing the origins, scope, political impact, and public opinion on the practice, it considers the meaning of these legal restrictions in the context of contemporary debates in the United States and other nations.
Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota.