Felony disenfranchisement

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Felony disenfranchisement is excluding persons otherwise eligible to vote from voting due to a felony conviction.

Felony disenfranchisement can have serious effects on the vote because of the demographic makeup of felons. Take, for example, the United States, where African Americans and Hispanics make up over half of the convicted felons. They are largely male, and largely live in urban areas.[1] Removing their right to vote can have a huge impact on elections, especially closely-contested ones.

Several close Republican seats in the 2014 US midterm elections, comparing margin of victory and felony disenfranchisement.

How it works[edit]

The idea is not difficult to grasp: If you make all of the opposition convicted of something, none of them will be legally allowed to participate in the democratic process, be it voting or being a candidate (in some locations).

You, too, can establish absolute power for your party in a few easy steps!

  1. Make things illegal that your allies usually don't do. Examples could include consumption of certain substances and things people do for fun like "kinky" sex (e.g., homosexuality, pornography or polygamy), or freedoms they took for granted.
  2. Make your mantra "Tough on crime". Persecute Prosecute every last one of them!
  3. The more opposition you manage to turn into convicted felons, the less opposition that can challenge you because they can't vote your guys out of office any more!
  4. If it ever backfires on your party members, try to sweep that under the rug. After all, time heals most wounds, right? In case that didn't work, portray them as moles from the opposition.

Bonus: Since you are the one with the "Tough on crime" stance, you can issue directives for how your laws are executed. If you happen to be racist, let the more racist police force do the dirty work for you.

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