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Millions of Ex-Convicts Struggle to Regain Their Right to Vote

A life-changing mistake could have cost Dan Close his right to vote, but the state of Vermont said otherwise. Convicted 14 years ago on a felony charge of selling cocaine, Close was surprised to learn that he could still vote in state and national elections. That's because Vermont and nearby Maine are the only states in the nation that allow felons to retain their voting rights, even while they are incarcerated or completing their probation sentences. By contrast, 4.7 million...

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