Pages tagged "Felon disenfranchisement"


Takoma Park Promotes the Vote: Will More Cities, Campuses and Organizations Take Action?

Posted on What's New on April 15, 2013

Last night, the Takoma Park city council passed a charter amendment on first reading that, if approved when before the council again in the coming month, will be in the best tradition of cities and states leading the nation in advancing voting rights. It would establish same-day voter registration and extend voting rights to residents after they turn 16 and after incarceration. Here's why we think it's important.

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The Disappearing Vote: A Spotlight on the Disenfranchised Felon Population of the US

Posted on What's New by Christina Grier on September 06, 2011

Securing voting rights for every citizen should be a primary goal of the government. Up to 5.3 million people in the United States previously convicted of a felony are currently disenfranchised. While disproportionately affecting African-American men, the lack of voting rights due to having a criminal history serves as a hindrance to a successful re-entrance into society.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Felon Disenfranchisement in Iowa

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on January 20, 2011

Iowa is a poster child for what it means to fail to protect our right to vote in the U.S. Constitution: fundamental democratic rights can then be tossed around like a political football.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog on October 21, 2010

We must elevate the right to vote to the same standing as other fundamental democratic rights, such as freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. Our vote is our voice. Each day brings new examples of why such protections are needed, which will be frequently chronicled in this blog.

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Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: The Right to Vote- More Precious than a Bag of Chips

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on October 20, 2010

Prior to 2007 in Maryland, a person could have been disenfranchised for committing a variety of “infamous crimes” including the misdemeanor titled “unlawful operation of vending machines”.

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Virginia Governor takes action to improve voting rights

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on September 28, 2010

 The process of removing the right to vote from a person convicted of a crime was invented by the Romans and dubbed “civil death”. It is a process that several states in America still implement today, grounded in the disturbing fact that the U.S. Constitution does not provide a citizenship right to vote. In most states, a person who has completed serving a felony conviction is allowed to register to vote. Other states restrict this right, and in a few remaining states like Virginia, this punishment is a lifelong ban unless a waiver is granted by the governor. Anyone moving into such a state with a past felony conviction will be breaking the law if they vote, even if coming from a state where they had full suffrage rights. 

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Felon Disenfranchisement: A Relic of the Past

Posted on What's New by Adam Fogel on January 13, 2010

People convicted of felonies are permanently disenfranchised in two states--Virginia and Kentucky. History shows that felon disenfranchisement laws are a relic of the days of Jim Crow.

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