The following is our recommended Reading List. Our list compiles select writings by leading academics, organizers, journalists, and litigators on topics relevant to the Right to Vote Initiative, including right-to-vote amendment language and the history of the right to vote and race. We update this list regularly.
Louisiana appeals court hears arguments on VOTE v. Louisiana The Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper), Feb. 27, 2018
A Baton Rouge-based state appeals court wrestled Tuesday with the thorny legal question of whether formerly incarcerated people who are now on probation and parole should be allowed to vote in Louisiana. Attorneys for the state and a group of felons challenging current Louisiana law debated the phrase “under an order of imprisonment” before a three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal at the LSU Law Center.Open Link
Opinion: Louisiana court should protect the 1974 Constitution and give probationers, paroles the right to vote The Advocate -- Opinion piece by Professors Andrea Armstrong and Johanna Kalb
Louisianans who are currently on probation or parole have the right to vote under our state constitution. As professors of constitutional law, we urge the court to uphold this fundamental right and allow every eligible Louisianan to participate in our democracy.Open Link
The Atlantic: The ‘Slave Power’ Behind Florida’s Felon Disenfranchisement
Laws barring the formerly incarcerated from voting have no business marring politics in a 21st century democracy.
How the GOP Rigs Elections Jan. 24, 2018
With combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws, dark money, Republicans have tipped political scales. Will it keep Democrats from victory in 2018?Open Link
Millions of ex-cons lost their right to vote. Now they might get it back. NBC News Jan. 28, 2018
“But Virginia is one of 12 states that bars ex-offenders from voting even after their sentences are complete. In order for ballot access to be restored, these states require waiting periods, an application process, or action from the state’s governor. McAuliffe used his executive authority to individually reinstate voting rights to some 173,000 ex-offenders, including Turner, before leaving office in January.”Open Link