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Should ex-cons be allowed to vote?

By disenfranchising felons, are we intentionally suppressing voting power in a sector of society comprised largely of lower-income and/or minority group individuals?
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Aug 20, 2012, 1:37 pm
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If you aren’t willing to follow the law yourself, then you can’t demand a role in making the law for everyone else, which is what you do when you vote.  The right to vote can be restored to felons, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis after a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf, not automatically on the day someone walks out of prison.  Read more about this issue on our website here   [ http://www.ceousa.org/voting/voting-news/felon-voting/538-answering-the-challenges-to-felon-disenfranchisement ] and our congressional testimony here:  [ http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Clegg100316.pdf ]

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Aug 20, 2012, 2:08 pm
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I find it extremely irritating when a story or piece is titled with a question. Are you asking me, or telling me? Obviously you’re telling me because it meant enough to you to bang out 2,000 words or whatever it is to make your point. So, instead of using the stupid question method, state your true opinion in your title and then make your case in the body. Thank you.

OK, now that’s out of the way…if a felon’s sentence is up (and when I say “up”, I mean that they’ve fully served whatever it is they were sentenced to and not on parole or probation or anything like that), then he/she has paid his/her debt to society and should be allowed to resume their life.

Is there anyone reading this who hasn’t made some sort of mistake in their lives? More than one? A big one maybe? Yes, of course there are some felons that are life-long losers. But there are others who perhaps just went through a bad time in their life, and have a sincere desire to rebuild their life once their sentence is complete. The more barriers you put between a released felon and a normal life, the more you’re pushing him back into a life of crime.

It is regrettable that this piece had to end with race-baiting in the final paragraph. Except for the title, it was a great piece up until then.

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