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October 12, 2010

New Sentencing Project report on reform of felony disenfranchisement laws

Via e-mail I received today a notice about this new report from The Sentencing Project, as well as this summary description of its contents:

Since 1997, 800,000 persons have regained the right to vote as a result of felony disenfranchisement reform in 23 states, according to Expanding the Vote: State Felony Disenfranchisement Reform 1997-2010.

The report has found that:

  • Nine states either repealed or amended lifetime disenfranchisement laws; 
  • Three states expanded voting rights to persons under community supervision (probation and parole); 
  • Eight states eased the restoration process for persons seeking to have their right to vote restored after completing sentence; and 
  • Three states improved data and information sharing.

State legislation and/or litigation efforts have impacted state disenfranchisement policies by way of amending current laws, easing restoration policies, and lifting bans on probationers or parolees.

Reforms highlighted in the report include:

  • Rhode Island's repeal of a state prohibition on voting for persons on probation and parole resulted in the restoration of voting rights to more than 15,000 individuals; 
  • Maryland's repeal of its lifetime prohibition on voting for persons who have completed their sentence resulted in the restoration of voting rights for more than 52,000 persons; 
  • Connecticut's repeal of its ban on voting for persons on probation extended the right to vote to more than 33,000 citizens; and 
  • New Mexico's repeal of its lifetime disenfranchisement provision restored the right to vote to more than 69,000 individuals.

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Missing from the report.

This is a thinly veiled scheme to increase Democrat Party registration. It is the party of the lawyer and of the criminal.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 13, 2010 2:57:54 AM

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