Battle Over Felon Votes Continue

And today his lawsuit, combined with a similar case, Hayden v. Pataki, will get an unusual hearing before the full Second Circuit. The case has potential national significance: Nearly 4.7 million people are in jail or prison on felony convictions, and the last presidential election was decided by 3.5 million votes, say Muntaqim's attorneys.
 
"The essence of democracy is making sure that everyone who has a stake in the system has a voice in the outcome of elections," said Jacqueline Berrien of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.