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  •  Many ex-cons in many states CAN vote (2+ / 0-)
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    grndrush, eastmt

    Learn more here.

    Let's get some Democracy for America

    by murphy on Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 08:52:04 PM PST

    •  The point was (1+ / 0-)
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      that many can't

      It was a valid point .... how can we expect ex-cons to invest much in a society that values them so little that it dis-enfranchises them?

      Let's tell them they are worthless citizens, that will make them good citizens.

      We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

      by twigg on Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 10:25:22 PM PST

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      •  While your point is valid (3+ / 0-)
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        Unduna, happy camper, pylonsound

        my point is-- the glass is really more than half full, if we can just get the information out about many, if not MOST felons actually eventually being able to vote.

        And don't forget, some people only think they are felons-- what you are arrested for may not mean much when the process is over. What starts as a felony arrest frequently gets charged as a misdemeanor by the time the prosecutor reads through the arrest report and weighs the quality of the evidence.

        While it is not a small effort that must be made to counteract the conventional wisdom on this, there are literally millions of people who actually are NOT disenfranchised except by the fact that they THINK they are.

        It's a little research of the record and accurate information distribution that's needed in many instances. Every time I hand a person who only THOUGHT they couldn't vote a voter registration form and help them complete it, it's a small victory.

        When they realize "YES I CAN VOTE !" you should see their smiles-- especially this year.

        Let's get some Democracy for America

        by murphy on Fri Feb 29, 2008 at 07:23:22 AM PST

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