Locked Out Of Democracy

August 7, 2005 | Looking Glass News |

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky writes a special commentary for TomPaine.com on fair, universal access to the ballot box.

The result is that in 2005, in a country that considers itself the world's preeminent democracy, almost 5 million Americans-those in prison, on parole or probation, or living in states where voting restrictions extend beyond the end of one's criminal sentence-are now legally without a vote and politically voiceless. Millions more, not familiar with the intricacies of recent law changes, likely think they cannot vote.