Resource: TN NAACP v. Lee

By: Equal Justice Under Law

December 3, 2020

Equal Justice Under Law

Under current law, Tennessee automatically strips anyone convicted of a felony of the right to vote. The result of this policy is that more than 9% of the total voting age population of Tennessee — and more than 21% of the African-American voting age population — cannot vote. Tennessee has the second highest rate of disenfranchisement among African-Americans in the United States. In 2010, Tennessee changed its law to guarantee that those who had completed their sentences had their right to vote restored, but the voting rights restoration process created was so convoluted as to make it essentially impossible to regain the right to vote.

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