Read: Can’t Pay, Can’t Vote: A National Survey on the Modern Poll Tax
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic released a new report, ‘Can’t Pay, Can’t Vote: A National Survey on the Modern-Day Poll Tax’, one of the first comprehensive studies of how voting rights restoration schemes deny the right to vote to those who cannot afford to pay legal debt.
Nationwide, as many as 23 million citizens have felony convictions.
In 2019, at least 30 states continue to disenfranchise some of these citizens based on wealth.
According to the report:
8 states explicitly condition voting rights restoration of formerly incarcerated individuals on the payment of fines and fees: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Washington.
20 states do so implicitly: Alaska, California, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
2 states that permanently disenfranchise convicted individuals require payment of fines and fees for clemency eligibility: Iowa and Kentucky.
20 states and the District of Columbia do not condition the right to vote on the payment of fines and fees.