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October 30, 2016

New York Times editorial highlights disaffinity for felon disenfranchisement

This morning's New York Times has this little new editorial headlined ""Agreed: Serve Your Time, Cast Your Ballot." Here is its text:

The bitterly fought presidential campaign has underscored yet again that conservative and liberal Americans are deeply divided on just about every aspect of social policy.

So it is surprising to find widespread agreement on one issue. A national survey released last week by PRRI, a nonpartisan opinion research organization, shows that Americans think people who have committed felonies and paid the price for their crimes should be able to vote.

Laws in a dozen states will bar more than three million people with felony convictions from voting on Nov. 8 — even though they have completed their prison sentences, probation or parole.

Three-quarters of all Americans believe that these people deserve the right to participate in democracy, and that support reaches across the political spectrum to include clear majorities of Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, moderates and liberals.

October 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

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My opinion also: Once time has been served, your voting rights should be restored. More criminals are in Washington DC then in the public and they do not need to persecute people further.

Posted by: LC in Texas | Oct 31, 2016 11:08:29 AM

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