Imprisoned Felons Allowed To Vote

We're only five days into the new year and it would appear there is no shortage of stories that might leave you shaking your head in amazement.

 

We're only five days into the new year and it would appear there is no shortage of stories that might leave you shaking your head in amazement.

I came a cross this little gem today that I thought I would share with you. A federal appeals court has ruled that imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act.

Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 2000 ruling of a district judge in Spokane. That judge had ruled that state law did not violate the act, and dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate from Bellevue.

The two appellate judges ruled that disparities in the state's justice system "cannot be explained in race-neutral ways." A spokeswoman says state Attorney General Rob McKenna is weighing the state's next step.

The question really seems to be simple. Should imprisoned felons be allowed to vote? Race, it would seem, shouldn't be a factor here. Either imprisoned felons can vote or they can't. It has historically been the law of the land that they cannot.

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  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    What are y'all bellyache-ing about? The Democrat party has fought for illegal aliens to vote for years!
  • by danny Location: new bern on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    no way they lost that right when they commited their crime
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 11:52 PM
    They don't have a right to vote. They gave up that right when they committed a crime.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 10, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    What is it going to hurt if they do vote? Are they going to vote for a Sheriff who is softer on crime? What is really at stake if they vote? Do the math, set up a simulation. The population votes on, say, four candidates. Then add in the prison numbers. How likely is the prison population to sway the vote? Not likely at all unless it is very close. And then would it be fair to blame the prison vote? Sure, you added it last. But if you added it first, you can only blame... everybody. And that's what voting is, everyone gets a say. Historically yes, it has been the law that they cannot vote. But what would it hurt if they could? I'm not saying they should, I'm just saying, is there a good reason why not? Maybe it would get more people outside prison to vote, if nearly 100% of prisoners are voting. That would reverse the as-of-yet unmentioned negative effect, would it not?
  • by I love our great President, Barack Obama on Jan 8, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    No only should imprisoned felons be allowed to vote, but I think we should allow them to collect unemployment benefits as well.
  • by RON Location: NC on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    WHERE HAS OUR COMMOM SENSE GONE? I AM MORE AMAZED EACH DAY AT JUST HOW STUPID OUR SO CALLED LEADER'S ARE. IMPRISONED FELONS ARE THERE FOR A REASON, SO DO WE REALLY WANT OR NEED THEIR INPUT INTO HOW OUR SOCIETY IS RUN. IT'S NOT ENOUGH THAT WE PAY FOR EVERYTHING THEY NEED/WANT IN LIFE. I GUESS NEXT, WE WILL BE SETTING UP VOTING BOOTHS AT THE PRISONS. MAYBE A BETTER QUESTION WE AS A PEOPLE NEED TO BE ASKING OURSELVES IS.....HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO TOLERATE THESE PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT MAKE AND PASS THESE STUPID LAWS?????
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      by Jason on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to RON
      Well Ron I dont know. Are you running for any prodominent office? Didnt think so. So I forsee you tolerating it for a long time. As you are man without action and full of ignorance. As you paint a picture of simple black and white worlds. But we should discuss things in a black and white context for a moment....what is the difference between a right and a privilage? History it is not a good guide.
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