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Overturning Felony Disenfranchisement in Southern States

Benjamin Barber Facing South
In six Southern states — Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia — more than 7 percent of the adult population is disenfranchised, disproportionately more of minorities and the poor

The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

Wilfred Codrington III The Atlantic
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

Voter Purge Rates Remain High, Analysis Finds

Kevin Morris The Brennan Center for Justice
New data reveal that counties with a history of voter discrimination have continued purging people from the rolls at elevated rates.

The Freedom Summer of 1964 Launched a Voting Rights Revolution

Ray Uyeda Teen Vogue
June marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 700 college students - whose average age was 21 - traveled mostly from the North to Mississippi to work with local Black-led organizations to support their civil rights work.
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