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  •  I understand that argument... (2+ / 0-)
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    DCCyclone, MichaelNY

    But I think that when you commit a felony, you lose some of your rights. I don't think some felonies should be felonies -- or should even be crimes at all -- but my stomach turns at the thought of an unrepentant convicted murderer deciding a close election from his cell in a maximum-security prison.

    •  Unrepentant murderers are an incredibly small (3+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, R30A, MichaelNY

      portion of imprisoned felons, most of whom are drug offenders. Felon disenfranchisement laws are about blocking scary brown people from voting, and I think it's incredibly dangerous for a democracy to start saying we're taking away ANYONE's most fundamental rights. I oppose felon disenfrachisement for more or less the same reasons I oppose capital punishment.

    •  The odds of that happening are effectively zero (4+ / 0-)
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      BeloitDem, Skaje, R30A, MichaelNY

      think of all the elections we have and how many are decided by just a few votes and think about how many felons would actually cast a vote in them when given the chance (in states like Vermont which IIRC don't disenfranchise them).

      It isn't like we're disenfranchising the financial frauds who got off with a slap on the wrist, or disenfranchising Republicans when they try to block medicaid expansion that will prevent deaths.

    •  Also, even in the next to zero chance (2+ / 0-)
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      R30A, MichaelNY

      That an unrepentant murder decided an election, No candidate would win by appealing to their status as an unrepentant murderer.

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