Most states ban people with felony convictions from voting in America. This year, that means about 2% of the voting age population in the U.S. - 4.6 million Americans - will be unable to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a report by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit that advocates for restoring voting rights to people with prior felony convictions.
The consequences of these bans vary from state to state. The Sentencing Project found state-level disenfranchisement ranges from 0.15% in Massachusetts to over 8% in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Currently, 11 states deny voting rights to people after they finish their full sentences, including parole and probation.