Sentencing Commission Wednesday voted to once again get behind any bill that would restore voting rights to parolees, who are still serving their sentences.
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Felony disenfranchisement, determined separately by each state, is the practice of prohibiting people from voting based on the fact that they have been convicted of a criminal offence. Felon voting rights remain a controversial reform among many. Also see our section on American democracy and our Voter Access articles.
Many of Florida’s local election officials have decided to start adding voters to the rolls in January even if they had been convicted of felony crimes.
There are many who support the argument that if more convicts get their voting rights and are encouraged to participate in democracy, they would be less likely to commit crimes again.
The long racist history of the abuse of felon disenfranchisement in the state of Florida was finally ended by popular referendum.
As more states adopt laws that could restrict turnout, Kenneth Glasgow and his allies are pushing to extend the vote to millions of ex-felons.
The 2018 midterm is facing voter suppression issues. A key concern is felon voting. However, legislation may become felon-voting friendly this time around.
Untold Americans have actually died for this vital right of ours. To not exercise it disrespects their memory and sacrifice, and to not try to vote when emergency ballots are available is a cop out.
Research group found that 1 in 40 adult Americans accounting for 2.5 percent of the voting age population are impacted by felon disenfranchisement.
The disenfranchisement of felons has silenced the voices of such a huge number of citizens that it impacts the balance of power in Florida and beyond.
Participation in choosing who to represent the people is a civic duty. If this right is stripped, then a democratic society is failing to reach all.