over the last year we've witnessed an unprecedented [color=#496a8b]gop war on voting
, with a dozen republican governors and state legislators passing laws to restrict voter registration drives, require birth certificates to register to vote, curtail early voting, mandate government-issued photo ids to cast a ballot and disenfranchise ex-felons who've served their time. the brennan center for justice has estimated that "these new laws could make it significantly harder for more than [color=#496a8b]5 million eligible voters
to cast ballots in 2012," and notes that "these new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities."
on saturday, in conjunction with un human rights day, thousands of activists and concerned citizens in new york city held a [color=#496a8b]march and rally
to protest these restrictive new laws. the march began outside the new york headquarters of the koch brothers, who have given more than $1 million to the [color=#496a8b]american legislative exchange council
(alec), the shadowy conservative advocacy group that has masterminded the push for new voter id requirements this year.
protesters held signs that read "[color=#496a8b]koch bros & the 1%: undermining democracy
the march then continued to the un for a rally with civil rights leaders, good-government activists and voting rights experts....
Dec 14, '11
State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org
This includes a chart of the restrictions to voting by state. It is not as clear cut as many of us thought.
No federal laws exist on felon voting per se. Felon voting has not been regulated federally although some argue that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be applied to felon disenfranchisement and that Congress has the authority to legislate felon voting in federal elections.
My personal belief is that if you have paid for your crime you should have the right to vote. Why would we continue to punish a person who has successfully turned his life around? If we continue to restrict people who have paid for their crime it is being used as a shaming tactic (in my mind). Don't we want people to grow and change? Become good citizens? Isn't voting part of good citizenship?
Last edit by aknottedyarn on Dec 14, '11