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Number of People in Atlanta Who Cannot Vote Due to a Felony Atlanta Felony Defense Lawyer

In 2010 an estimated 5.85 million people in the United States (2.5% of the nation’s voting age population, excluding DC) could not vote due to a felony conviction – an increase from the 2004 total of 5.26 million and the highest number since at least 1960.

7.66% of African Americans in the United States could not vote due to a felony conviction. In Florida 23.32% of African Americans were disenfranchised – the highest percent in the nation.

Chart I below shows the number and percent of disenfranchised voters for the top 10 states with the highest levels of disenfranchisement. Chart II breaks down the total numbers of disenfranchised voters for each state. Chart III shows the rise in disenfranchisement from 1960-2010.

I. Top 10 States with the Highest Percentage of Disenfranchised Voters, 2010


Rank State Total Number of
Disenfranchised Voters
Percent of
Disenfranchised Voters
1 Florida 1,541,602 10.42%
2 Mississippi 182,814 8.27%
3 Kentucky 243,842 7.35%
4 Virginia 451,471 7.34%
5 Alabama 262,354 7.19%
6 Tennessee 341,815 7.05%
7 Wyoming 25,657 5.99%
8 Nevada 86,321 4.24%
9 Arizona 199,734 4.19%
10 Georgia   275,866   3.83%

However, all is not lost. You can still register to vote in some cases depending on your Felony Conviction. The ACLU has put together a document that explains what you can do and how you can vote.

If you have been charged in Atlanta with a Felony then call a Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer who can understands what is at stake for you. Contact The Howard Law Group ASAP.

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