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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today called on a group of 11 states, including Tennessee, to restore voting rights to ex-felons as part of a larger push to reduce what he sees as the criminal justice system’s disparate impact on racial minorities. Speaking at a symposium on criminal justice, Holder said an estimated 5.8 million Americans are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions. He called on the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming to restore rights to felons who have completed their sentences. WRCB-TV has this AP story.