The latest talking point (after talking point, after talking point) of the Left is the supposed suppression of the right to vote by the Right. Even after the scandals involving ACORN (which included registration fraud and the use of duplicate social security numbers) the Left still claims that the percentage of fraud at the ballot box is meaningless. They know the facts, including those published by their buddies at WikiLeaks, that voter fraud is all too common but choose to deny and disregard the obvious in order to camouflage their real purpose which is to enable those, such as illegal immigrants, who would vote Democrat to do just that.
While fraud may be meaningless to the Left the restrictions on the voting rights of convicted felons (more likely Democrat voters) are not. A week ago a number of news programs featured pieces on the inability of felons to vote calling for an end to this “racist” restriction due to the disproportionate number of African-Americans in prison.
Felon disenfranchisement dates back to ancient Greek, Roman and English feudal laws. Convicted felons were condemned to “civil death” which meant that they forfeited their civil rights and could even be killed, by anyone, because convicted felons were considered outside the law.
But society has “progressed” since those early days.
Today most states in the U.S. re-enfranchise convicted felons’ right to vote.
- Two states, Maine and Vermont, allow felons to vote by absentee ballot even while in prison.
- In 36 states a felon’s right to vote is automatically restored upon completion of his/her sentence, parole, probation and the payment of all fines and penalties.
- Twelve states require that felons apply for the right to vote after a waiting period, usually five years.
- Florida and Kentucky require felons to apply for executive clemency as the only method to regain the right to vote.
- In a few states felons convicted of the most heinous crimes such as murder, rape, sexual abuse of children, arson, treason and the like are never permitted to vote again unless they seek and are granted a formal pardon from the Governor of their state.
Some arguments for voting re-enfranchisement of felons have merit. Criminals who have done their time should be permitted to vote and what better way to rehabilitate criminals than to welcome them back into society by returning that right.
Most states do just that so what’s the beef?
It does seem reasonable however that convicted felons show some intent on their part to desire to be a part of the social fabric. An application to have their right restored seems just.
But do felons even really care or is this just another example of the counterfeit compassion of the Left?
If the power of the right to vote was not enough to keep them from committing the crimes in the first place (a premise laughable on its face) its restoration is hardly reason enough for them to go straight. For felons recently released from prison the right to vote is the last thing on their minds.
It is on the mind, however, of the Democrats who want those votes.
And what does that tell us about Democrats?
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