Rights Restored, Ex-offenders Make The Vote

For Limon Sykes, voting for the first time signified the start of a new life.

The 67-year-old had been in and out of jail most of his life, but his right to vote was restored in time for the Nov. 4 election. He decided to vote early, on Thursday.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that about 70 former convicts have been taken to voting sites by the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and the Winston-Salem Black Political Action Committee. The effort was spearheaded by Darryl Hunt, who served 18 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Hunt said the biggest obstacle in getting ex-offenders to the polls is ignorance. He said many believe their right to vote cannot be restored. But in North Carolina, felons regain the right after completing their sentence.


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  • by Matt Location: NC on Nov 1, 2008 at 09:55 PM
    OK. So the post felon vote goes to obama. Just another reason to vote Mccain/Palin. Thanks WITN>
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Nov 1, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    I cannot think of many people that I know and associate with who have thought it is someone else's job to take them to register and then take them to vote. I am so happy that a person who has been in and out of prison most of his life has put forth the effort to get registered to vote. I know that he will put forth that extra effort to get himself to the polls and vote too. AND I am quite sure that he will vote for a man of sound principles and unquestionable integrity. You may find the sarcasm wherever you deem it appropriate.
  • by hmm on Nov 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    "and the Winston-Salem Black Political Action Committee".... Guess they are democrats... I agree Mike - they have been living off of us... why not vote for Obama. Our country is SICK, just plain SICK!
  • by ashley Location: washington on Nov 1, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    we are doing the right thing for mccain. Mccains voters work hard and do whats right.. not cheat like lazy poeple who sit at home all day long and take my tax money when they could work.
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Nov 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    just more cheating on obama side. i see they never did this for bush or clinton or reagan or kenndy or any of the other ones.. but only for obama...
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Nov 1, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    Hate to see anyone go to prison for acrime they did not commit. However, is anyone surprised about who took them to vote.
  • by Yes We Can! on Nov 1, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    Did you guys not read this story? This is NOT a new thing in NC. Read the last sentence.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 1, 2008 at 03:07 AM
    to Obama 4 Prez: Criminals... black or white... would vote for Obama because they would get the "redistribution of wealth". They have been kicking back in prison living off those who work. Why would they do anything else when they complete their sentence?
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 31, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    I guess you turkeys missed the part about Darryl Hunt, who served 18 years in prison for a murder he DIDN'T commit". I guess he doesn't deserve to vote. He is owed 18 years of voting. And Obama didn't make the law that gives felons back their rights to vote... Please believe me..there are white felons...go get them and take them to vote for McCain...what are you guys doing to help McCain? Nothing except trying to beat down Obama...it's not helping your cause any!!!! You have 4 days left..what are YOU going to do?
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Oct 31, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    Thats great the most intellegent part of our citizens now can vote. The criminals I guess they will vote Murder ,Rape, Drug Selling, Robbrey, Home Invasions, should be legal, but only on Thursdays? How can you vote if you do not have a brain? Easy vote for Obama. Sick , Sick, Sick. Protect your family people
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