How Conservatives Are Using The War On Drugs To Tilt Elections


How Conservatives Are Using The War On Drugs To Tilt Elections

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It’s been a long held belief by those of us on the left that conservatives are actively trying to stop people who don’t vote the “right” way from voting at all.  Here are some statistics to back up that claim.

From the Salon:

In 1976, there were 1.12 million disenfranchised people in the United States due to felony convictions, but by 2016 that number skyrocketed to an estimated 6.1 million, propelled in large part by the drug war and other reprehensible policies that purposefully targeted black communities.


Over two million black Americans could not vote in this year’s election, according to a recent study conducted by the Sentencing Project. One in 13 black Americans of voting age is disenfranchised due to a felony conviction, a rate four times greater than that of non-black people. As staggering as those numbers are, in four states — Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia — more than one in five black Americans have had their voting rights stripped away.

Pay special attention to that last bit about Florida.  More than 20% of black Americans have lost the right to vote there.  

Now consider what the loss of Florida would have meant to Trump’s electoral map…