Friday, November 7, 2008

Felony disenfranchisement

The voting rights of U.S. prisoners, parolees, and ex-felons vary by state. In most states, imprisoned felons are disen-franchised, while those on parole and probation are allowed to vote. But in Maine, even convicts are allowed to vote. This means that the man who shot, dismembered, burned, and dumped the bodies of a bed and breakfast owner, her daughter, and two others in 2007 was eligible to cast his vote in the recent election. I am not sure exactly where I stand on the issue of felony disenfranchisement, but I do feel strongly that murderers forfeit such rights.

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