Unfortunately, Maryland is more the exception than the rule. Voter disenfranchisement laws vary widely across America. While Maine and Vermont don't disenfranchise even their incarcerated populations, some states permanently bar people with felony convictions from voting. Others wait to restore voting rights until after parole and probation. Virginia Governor McAuliffe just announced on Friday that voting rights are restored for approximately 200,000 Virginians who are no longer in prison or on parole or probation. Yet in Florida, a critical political battleground, nearly one in four African American citizens can't vote due to the state's burdensome ex-offender disenfranchisement law.