Barred from the Ballot Box: Disenfranchised in New York

In this year’s US presidential election, there will be 6 million people banned from the ballot box because they have felony convictions. Almost half of these people aren’t currently incarcerated, and are taxpaying citizens who are on parole or probation. In New York, felons get their voting rights back after they complete parole, but those with life on parole will never be able to vote again.

VICE News spends time with Steven Johnson, a man who has a parole life sentence, as he educates his fellow parolees about their voting rights, and is fighting to get the law changed in New York.

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