The Constitutional History of Felon Disenfranchisement

The topic of allowing incarcerated people to vote is in the news this week as part of the presidential primary conversation. Bernie Sanders has expressed the strongest support for the idea with Warren, Harris, O’Rourke, Castro all expressing openness to the idea, and Buttigieg being opposed until felons are released from jail. While felony disenfranchisement has long been accepted, the legal…