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The Washington Democrat power play: encourage the felons to vote

Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009

ACLU wants to restore voting rights for ex-convicts

“Over 160,000 Washingtonians cannot vote because of prior convictions. Support has been growing for ACLU-backed legislation to automatically restore the right to vote to individuals who have come out of the criminal justice system.”

More:

“Under the current system, people convicted of a felony and who have served their time still can’t vote until they’ve paid all of their outstanding court fees and legal financial obligations. As a result, people of means can vote, but those with limited incomes cannot. The system also disproportionately affects communities of color: The disenfranchisement rate among African-Americans is five times that of the general population and roughly three times as high among Latinos. And the system for restoring voting rights is so convoluted that even elections officials have difficulty determining who is and is not eligible to vote.

We support legislation proposed by [added by Liberty: Democrat] Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and [added by Liberty: Democrat] Rep. Jeannie Darnielle that automatically restores the right to vote to individuals once they have exited the criminal justice system. The legislation would not relieve anyone of the obligation to pay court-imposed fees and penalties—but that obligation would no longer be tied to the right to vote. The legislation would create the bright-line rule so badly need for voting rights restoration to be effective. In enacting this legislation, Washington would join a growing list of states, including Oregon, that have successfully implemented automatic restoration.”

Cementing your power by sucking up to criminals.  Nice.

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