Blocked From The Ballot: Individuals With Felony Convictions : 1A Desmond Meade worked his way up from drug addiction and homelessness to law school, but when his wife ran for office in Florida he had a rude awakening. "It hit me like a ton of bricks...I cant even vote for my wife" he said.

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Six states head to the polls today to vote in the so-called "Big Tuesday" primaries.

But thousands of citizens convicted of felonies living in those states won't be casting a ballot, because their right to vote has been stripped away.

The laws around voting rights for convicted felons vary state by state. But it's estimated that over six million Americans have been barred from voting because of felony convictions.

Today, we're kicking off a new series called "Blocked From The Ballot," which spotlights a different part of the U.S. population that won't have a say in this year's election.

Myrna PĂ©rez, director of Voting Rights and Elections for NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition joined us for this episode.

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