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  •  Yeah. Newsflash. (21+ / 0-)

    Not breaking. We heard testimony in Ohio at an election reform conference after our disastrous 2004 election from a young black man who was going door to door in his community making sure people were registered. He stopped by one house where the woman on his list wasn't home so he asked the man who answered the door (i think it was her brother) if he was registered. He said, "I can't vote; I just got out of prison." It seems that when they were debriefing prisoners, they told them — erroneously — that they had permanently lost the right to vote. I repeat: government employees were misinforming released prisoners that they could never vote again. Who knows where it came from? Our Republican governor of them time? Our infamous secretary of state J. Kenneth Blackwell? Was it just an error? Who knows. But not being able to vote makes these parolees feel like they have no stake in the community, and if they have no stake in it, where is the motivation to live by its rules?

    Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

    by anastasia p on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 03:26:26 PM PDT

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