Democrat introduces bill to restore voting rights to millions of convicted felons

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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
 

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My buddy was convicted of a felony for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in his early 20's. The guy would never hurt a fly and has never had any trouble with the law besides that one run in. I believe he's able to vote again but he can't do things like purchase a gun and maybe a couple of other things. We're in the state of Virginia. Laws in this country are fucked up.
 

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In fact, because felons have been disenfranchised for so many decades, liberal principles dictate that they must be compensated by being allowed to vote twice in each election.
 

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My buddy was convicted of a felony for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in his early 20's. The guy would never hurt a fly and has never had any trouble with the law besides that one run in. I believe he's able to vote again but he can't do things like purchase a gun and maybe a couple of other things. We're in the state of Virginia. Laws in this country are fucked up.
What party do you suppose most of those fellon's would vote for? I smell a rat.
 

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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Next, they get their gun rights restored.
 
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Wow, SIX million more Democrat voters! I love it.
 

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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Next, they get their gun rights restored.
 
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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Next, they get their gun rights restored.
The NRA is working overtime on that.
 

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My buddy was convicted of a felony for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in his early 20's. The guy would never hurt a fly and has never had any trouble with the law besides that one run in. I believe he's able to vote again but he can't do things like purchase a gun and maybe a couple of other things. We're in the state of Virginia. Laws in this country are fucked up.
What party do you suppose most of those fellon's would vote for? I smell a rat.
Uh... no idea. Why are you suspicious?
 

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The system's goal should be CORRECTION and rehabilitation.

When a person served his time, the hounding should stop.
 

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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Next, they get their gun rights restored.
The NRA is working overtime on that.
I'll call you on that lie.
 

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The system's goal should be CORRECTION and rehabilitation.

When a person served his time, the hounding should stop.
There is no CORRECTION or rehabilitation in "the system".

"The system" is graduate school for criminals.
 

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"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,"

True.

There's nothing justifying additional penalties beyond that of the original sentence, once the ex-offender has served that sentence.
 
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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Next, they get their gun rights restored.
The NRA is working overtime on that.
I'll call you on that lie.
Well, you obviously don't follow the NRA very closely. I assure you that they are working hard on that issue. They also want gun rights restored to mentally ill. Here's a few links for your consideration:
 
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"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,"

True.

There's nothing justifying additional penalties beyond that of the original sentence, once the ex-offender has served that sentence.
I suppose you would relish a convicted pedophile teaching in elementary schools?
 
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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Only States can restore voting rights, Mr. Conyers might need a refresher course on the Constitution, there are no elections to federal offices. only elections for State representatives to congress or State electors to the electoral college. Also the Constitution charges States with running their own elections and most States have procedures for the restoration of voting rights, congress doesn't have the authority to interfere. But I doubt it will ever make it out of committee.
 
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Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress.

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would allow all former inmates to vote in elections for federal offices. Currently, the bill notes, nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting. Three-fourths of them are finished serving their sentences and would have their voting rights restored if the bill becomes law.

"Disenfranchising citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense and who are living and working in the community serves no compelling State interest and hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into society," Conyers writes in the bill. He adds: "The United States is the only Western democracy that permits the permanent denial of voting rights for individuals with felony convictions."

The bill would not apply to elections for local and state offices. Currently, only Maine and Vermont do not restrict current or former inmates from voting, 35 states ban former inmates who are on parole from voting, 31 ban them while on felony probation, and 11 mandate lifetime voting bans in some cases, according to the bill.

The legislation would end a ban that disproportionately affects black Americans, who face disenfranchisement at four times the rate of non-black citizens.

"Just as poll taxes and literacy tests prevented an entire class of citizens, namely African Americans, from integrating into society after centuries of slavery, ex-offender disenfranchisement laws prevent people from reintegrating into society after they have paid their debt by serving time in prison," Conyers said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

Sounds reasonable to me.
Only States can restore voting rights, Mr. Conyers might need a refresher course on the Constitution, there are no elections to federal offices. only elections for State representatives to congress or State electors to the electoral college. Also the Constitution charges States with running their own elections and most States have procedures for the restoration of voting rights, congress doesn't have the authority to interfere. But I doubt it will ever make it out of committee.
Are you saying Congress doesn't have authority over "federal" elections?
 

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Just think - a few million more black Democrat voters.
 

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