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    there is NO crime that I believe should debar voting. The only conceivable legitimate reason to remove the franchise from criminals is the worry that they might somehow succeed via the ballot in decriminalizing certain crimes. There is absolutely no way they can do this if the majority of noncriminals feels differently. This will never be true of the crimes of murder, rape, pedophilia, arson, terrorism, etc.

    I do not see removing the civic voice of felons out of a desire for revenge as a legitimate reason, especially as the vast majority of felons do not fall into the categories you list. Moreover, there are all too many reasons to disenfranchise voters to gain electoral advantage. This has had and continues to have a pernicious effect upon our democracy, as pointed out in the diary.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:18:49 AM PST

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