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Key Decisions in Felony Disenfranchisement Litigation

This docu­ment pulls together key federal and state decisions in felony disen­fran­shise­ment. Cases range from Supreme Court decisions like Richard­son v. Ramirez to state court cases like Fernan­dez v. Kiner. Thirty-three decision in all are listed and summar­ized.


United States Supreme Court

Richard­son v. Ramirez
O’Brien v. Skin­ner
Hunter v. Under­wood 

Federal Court

Federal Court, 2nd Circuit 
Baker v. Pataki
Green v. Bd. of Elec­tions

Federal Court, 3rd Circuit 
Owens v. Barnes
NAACP Phil­adelphia Branch v. Ridge
Steph­ens v. Yeomans

Federal Court, 4th Circuit 
Howard v. Gilmore
Allen v. Ellisor
Perry v. Beamer
Thiess v. State Admin­is­trat­ive Bd. of Elec­tion Laws

Federal Court, 5th Circuit 
Cotton v. Fordice
Willi­ams v. Taylor
Shep­herd v. Trevino
McLaugh­lin v. City of Canton
Murphree v. Winter
Texas Support­ers of Work­ers World Party Pres­id­en­tial Candid­ates v. Strake

Federal Court, 6th Circuit 
Wesley v. Collins
Tate v. Collins

Federal Court, 7th Circuit 
Jones v. Edgar

Federal Court, 9th Circuit
Gage v. Hawkins

Federal Court, 10th Circuit 
Wood­ruff v. Wyom­ing

Federal Court, 11th Circuit 
Hobson v. Pow
Beacham v. Brater­man 


State Court

Cali­for­nia State Court 
Flood v. Riggs
Ramirez v. Brown

Montana State Court
Emery v. State

New Hamp­shire State Court 
Fisc­her v. Governor

Oregon State Court 
Chochrek v. Cupp

Pennsylvania State Court 
Mixon v. Common­wealth
Martin v. Haggerty
Wash­ing­ton State Court
Fernan­dez v. Kiner