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Black males account for 35 percent of all Americans now barred from voting because of felony convictions.

Two percent of all Americans, or 3.9 million, have lost the right to vote, compared with 13 percent of adult black men.

Allen Beck of the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics declined to assess the accuracy of the 13 percent estimate, but Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, said he believes the figure is accurate.

Beck said that, based on current rates of incarceration, 28.5 percent of black males will likely serve time in a state or federal prison for a felony conviction, a rate seven times that for white males.